Six members of Rising Tide are departing Vancouver on a tour of northern BC, on Tuesday, May 7, to expose the true impacts of fracking in the province and build support for communities concerned about pipeline expansion. “This trip is about listening to and amplifying the voices of communities most likely to be affected by the push for LNG as a major economic sector for the province” says Maryam Adrangi, who will be on the tour. “In this moment when government and industry are saying LNG is the future, we must listen to people who will be immediately and drastically affected.”
The 10 day tour will mostly visit communities either located along the route of the Pacific Trails fracking pipeline or near fracking operations. Members of the group will be meeting with community members, sharing and gathering information, opinions, and experiences about fracking with hopes of communicating these stories.
The tour will be visiting Kamloops, Prince George, Smithers, Moricetown and the Unis’tot’en camp of the Wet’suwet’en Nation, Burns Lake, Fort. St. John, and Fort Nelson.
Rising Tide, Vancouver Coast Salish Territories is a grassroots environmental justice group committed to fighting the root causes of climate change and the interconnected destruction of land, water, and air
Members of Rising Tide while on tour:
For more information: www.risingtide604.ca
Background on Fracking
Fracking is short for Hydraulic Fracturing, a non conventional technique used for extracting gas from shale rock by drilling down into the ground and then injecting sand, chemicals, and millions of gallons of water at high pressures in order to crack open the rock and draw out the gas. Along with causing problems locally – most notably the use and toxic contamination of vast amounts of surface and ground water and an increase in localized earthquakes – fracking also has negative global impacts. Fracking results in significant methane leakage, a greenhouse gas 105 times more potent than CO2 over 20 years. A recent Cornell University study reported fracked gas to be “worse than coal” for climate stability.