Treaty 7 INM -- RALLY in UNITY & SOLIDARITY with MI'KMAQ WARRIORS
Friday, October 18, 2013 at 6:00 PM
Olympic Plaza (228 - 8 Avenue SE)
Calgary, Alberta, CA
Presented by Idle No More Treaty 7.
This evening local activists gathered together in Olympic Plaza to support New Brunswick anti-fracking protestors; particularly the Mi'kmaq activists whose protest ended with the fire-bombing of police vehicles, gun fire and arrests. At tonight's demonstration we were told that the Mi'kmaq had been peacefully protesting for almost a month against shale drilling in their area.
This is not just a New Brunswick issue. Rural land owners across Canada who have land targeted for shale extraction are faced with the possibility that their ground water will be contaminated by the fracking process. A woman who lives near Rosebud, AB is attempting to sue all parties responsible for her flammable tap water. (See story below.)
The Harper government is doing an environment impact study on shale drilling, but when it comes to making decisions about sustaining the environment, the government seems to side with big business and damn the environmental consequences. (Just my two bits worth.)
Below are some links that I hope will put this week's events in context.
- Blog Postings about Fracking in New Brunswick - Conservation Council of New Brunswick
- Fracking - The Council of Canadians
- Peter MacKay calls for end to confrontations after Molotov cocktails, torched police cars at N.B. protest - National Post
- Justice minister calls for calm after violent shale gas protest in New Brunswick - Macleans
- Several N.B. shale gas protesters now charged after clash - CBC
- "Alberta woman loses round in anti-fracking lawsuit - CBC News Calgary -- "It is worrying that citizens are unable to hold the energy regulator accountable for failing to protect citizens from the harmful impacts of fracking."
- Industry News - Shale Oil & Gas Symposium
- Harnessing Science and Technology to Understand the Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Extraction - Council of Canadian Academies