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True costs of fracked gas revealed at Science World
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sunday 22nd March 2015

For photos, visit http://tinyurl.com/k9uxj8x.

VANCOUVER, Coast Salish Territories – Earlier today climate justice activists dropped a banner at Science World reading “No ConScience World: Fracking with Climate Science”. Alongside the banner drop a series of popular education demonstrations including stalls and activities, a fracked water demo, pin the poison on the pond, and fishing for fractoids, were set up outside the entrance to Science World.

Michael Smiley, from Rising Tide Vancouver, Coast Salish territories, the group organizing today’s demonstration, said “We can’t sit idly by while Science World is working alongside Christy Clark to greenwash the Liquified Fracked Gas industry. Today we are not only engaging with and educating children in the dangers of fracked gas and its impact on the climate and environment but also reaching out to the management of Science World to consider the impacts of their actions”.

The event was held in solidarity with frontline Indigenous communities, including the Unist’ot’en Camp and the Madii Lii Camp. The former is facing an eviction threat designed to allow construction to begin on Chevron’s fracked gas Pacific Trail Pipeline, which runs through unceded indigenous lands. The Madii Lii Camp have set up a camp on the direct path of Prince Ruper Gas Transmission (PRGT) Pipeline, another proposed LFG (Liquid Fracked Gas) pipeline, declaring sovereign management of their Territory.

Michael Smiley, of Rising Tide, said “As our popular education stalls showed today fracked gas is hugely environmentally damaging, opposed by local communities and fundamentally not an ethical or viable energy solution. The young kids passed our fracked gas quiz today, if only the same could be said for those planning the energy infrastructure of the region.”

A recent study headed by scientists at Cornell University found that when the full effects of shale gas fracking are taken into account, especially methane leakage, the global warming effect is worse than burning coal over 20 years and comparable in the longer term.

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Media Contacts
Michael Smiley – (604) 375.3214
Photographs available at www.risingtide604.ca
www.twitter.com/risingtide604 | Facebook: http://on.fb.me/ZLnKKO

Background Information:
The Cornell University study ‘Methane and the greenhouse-gas footprint of natural gas from shale formations’ is available at www.motherjones.com/files/04-11shale_gas_footprint_fulltextpdf.pdf

The Unist’ot’en Camp is a resistance community whose purpose is to protect sovereign Wet’suwet’en territory from several proposed pipelines from the Tar Sands Gigaproject and shale gas from Hydraulic Fracturing Projects in the Peace River Region. Find out more at http://unistotencamp.wordpress.com/ or email unistotencamp@riseup.net.

The Madii Lii Camp is located at the entrance to Madii Lii territory within the Gitxsan Nation, in Northwest BC. On Aug. 26, 2014, the hereditary chiefs of the territory declared access to the territory closed to all fracked gas (LFG/LNG) pipeline development and other unauthorized industrial activity, and enacted the Luutkudziiwus Territorial Management Plan. Find out more at http://www.madiilii.com/ or email camp.madiilii@gmail.com.

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Six most recent Press Releases

Press Release One

End of LNG in BC Conference marked by large anti-fracking demonstration
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday 23rd May 2014

VANCOUVER, Coast Salish Territories – Earlier today potential investors leaving the 2nd annual “International LNG in BC” conference (http://engage.gov.bc.ca/lnginbc/lng-conference/) were greeted by hundreds of demonstrators declaring fracked gas a “Climate Crime” and demanding that Christy Clark and Rich Coleman stop “FRACKING WITH OUR FUTURE!”

Stephen Collis, from Rising Tide Vancouver, Coast Salish territories, the group organizing today’s FRACK OFF Demonstration, said “Christy Clark’s attempt to push an energy source that is more carbon intensive than coal is worse than irresponsible, it is clearly a climate crime.”

The event was held in solidarity with frontline Indigenous communities, including the Unist’ot’en camp which is facing an eviction threat designed to allow construction to begin on Chevron and Apache’s fracked gas Pacific Trail Pipeline, which runs through unceded indigenous lands.

The demonstration began at the Malaysian embassy, where protesters delivered an oversized cancelled cheque to Malaysian state-owned Petronas, the front runner in the race to export BC LNG, symbolizing that community resistance to LNG extraction will make their investment a risky business.

Two hundred protesters then marched to the Vancouver Convention Centre in time to greet delegates leaving the BC LNG conference.

Stephen Collis, of Rising Tide, said “Investors at Christy Clark’s prestigious LNG conference heard our message loud and clear: communities in BC have clearly said no to fracking, and are prepared to take direct action to stop the expansion of this dirty industry in its tracks.”

The three day conference aimed to promote fracked shale gas to the global market and sought the investment needed to further the provincial government’s goal of having three LNG export facilities operating by 2020.

The proposed LNG plants in Kitimat depend on supply from the planned Pacific Trails Pipeline. For over two years the Unis’tot’en clan have maintained a blockade at the point where the pipeline would pass through their territory. They are committed to blocking all the pipelines – whether for fracked gas or tar sands bitumen.

A recent study headed by scientists at Cornell University found that when the full effects of shale gas fracking are taken into account, especially methane leakage, the global warming effect is worse than burning coal over 20 years and comparable in the longer term.
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Media Contacts
Stephen Collis – 604 831 5281
www.risingtide604.ca | www.twitter.com/risingtide604 | Facebook: http://on.fb.me/ZLnKKO

Background Information:
The Cornell University study ‘Methane and the greenhouse-gas footprint of natural gas from shale formations’ is available at www.motherjones.com/files/04-11shale_gas_footprint_fulltextpdf.pdf
The Unist’ot’en Camp is a resistance community whose purpose is to protect sovereign Wet’suwet’en territory from several proposed pipelines from the Tar Sands Gigaproject and shale gas from Hydraulic Fracturing Projects in the Peace River Region. Find out more at http://unistotencamp.wordpress.com/ or email unistotencamp@riseup.net

Press Release Two

For Immediate Release – January 14, 2014
VANCOUVER, COAST SALISH TERRITORIES – Today activists launched a 10 question parody fracked gas quiz to highlight the biased nature of an LNG quiz released last week by Rich Coleman and the BC Ministry of Natural Gas Development.

After taking the original quiz, Chandra Tung of Rising Tide Vancouver-Coast Salish Territories, said: ‘It’s a stunningly patronising propaganda initiative in the form of a quiz. By using a barrage of decontextualized numbers, cherry-picked factoids, and straight-up propaganda (all designed to make us think there is no alternative), Rich Coleman’s ministry is – literally – banking on the idea that if it treats the public as though we are stupid, we will behave accordingly and jump on their cliff-bound bandwagon. They are wrong.’

The Rising Tide quiz uses the same multiple choice format, but shifts the focus to paint a different picture of hydraulic fracturing. The group is using social media to spread the quiz online. Take the counter-quiz here – www.risingtide604.ca (Direct Link to Quiz: http://192.241.230.97/ ) .

Tung continues: ‘We at Rising Tide Vancouver-Coast Salish Territories think the original Coleman quiz is an insult to the intelligence of the people who live here, people who will be impacted by the development of this destructive industry. Indigenous communities whose sovereign lands pipeline routes are slated to cross have said no, and front line communities in the north are already seeing their water rights eroded by corporate interests. Our counter quiz incorporates some correctives and criticisms; unlike the BC government, however, we provide links to our sources so the public can check our facts and make up their own minds about fracked gas.’

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Media Contact: Chandra Tung, 778-714-4399 Risingtide604@riseup.net
@RisingTide604
www.risingtide604.ca

Press Release Three

VANCOUVER, COAST SALISH TERRITORIES – This morning, activists with Rising Tide-Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories dropped a banner reading “Coal, Oil, Gas: None Shall Pass” outside Port Metro Vancouver’s head office at Canada Place, in opposition to the proposed Fraser Surrey Docks coal terminal.

“This coal export project is part of a push to make BC a gateway to profits for the fossil fuel industry. While a coal terminal may be on the radar now, we are facing a juggernaut of fossil fuel development that puts our climate, water and health at risk for the sake of corporate profit – and Christy Clark and Stephen Harper are acting as the industry’s top salespeople,” said Chandra Tung of Rising Tide.

The group’s message to stop fossil fuel exports falls within the 30 day comment period on the Fraser Surrey Docks Environmental Impact Assessment, which has been widely criticized by resident groups, local governments, medical researchers and health authorities for failing to adequately consider the human health, local environment and climate impacts of the proposal.

The protest also comes as Kinder Morgan prepares to file its application to twin the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline next week, and a recommendation from the Enbridge Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel is expected before the end of the month.

Tung continued, “Port Metro Vancouver is meant to operate in the public interest, but it’s acting like the coal industry’s best friend. Communities are fed up with being trampled by the port, and are coming
together to fight back. We are here today to tell the port: if you build it, we will block it! B.C. cannot continue to just export fossil fuels and pretend they are not part of the problem.”

If built, the Fraser Surrey Docks project would export 8 million metric tonnes of coal annually, and be responsible for 17 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year. When combined with the Lower Mainland’s existing coal export capacity, the Fraser Surrey Docks project would result in the region becoming North America’s biggest coal exporter.

Rising Tide is part of a global network of climate and environmental justice activists who work to address the root causes of environmental destruction. The group has consistently worked with communities facing large scale industrial energy projects while sending a consistent message that communities have the right to say “no.”

Rising Tide has launched a ‘Flood the Port’ campaign, asking people to voice their opposition to the Fraser Surrey Docks on the last day of the public comment period, and pledge to take to the streets to stop the coal terminal from being built if Port Metro Vancouver approves the project. The pledge is available at: www.risingtide604.ca.

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Media Contact: Chandra Tung, 778-714-4399
Risingtide604@riseup.net
@RisingTide604

Press Release Four

For Immediate Release – November 3rd 2013
Rising Tide, Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories
Activists Install Fracking Rig on Christy Clark’s Lawn

VANCOUVER, UNCEDED COAST SALISH TERRITORY – On Sunday morning, activists with Rising Tide-Vancouver Coast Salish Territories set up a 15-foot mock fracking rig on Premier Christy Clark’s lawn and announcing that “Because the Premier loves fracking, we figured we would save her the hassle of trying to take over other peoples’ homes and bring it right to her!” says Jacquelyn Fraser, an activist with the group.

“We are just so worried about all the water that is being used and polluted in northeastern B.C. for fracking. We are sure Premier Clark is too and we’re sure she can share some of her own supply so that she can see the boom in the industry she keeps promoting,” says Fraser as ‘construction workers’ set up the rig behind her. “She may not end up with a lot of fresh water at the end, but at least she has some we could use right now.”

The group is referring to the impacts on the environment caused by hydraulic fracturing, a process through which water, sand, and chemicals are injected into the ground to fracture rock and release unconventional natural gas.

“With Christy Clark touring North America to promote Liquiefied Natural Gas, fracking and gas extractionis set to take over the province,” says Maryam Adrangi, Climate and Energy Campaigner with the Council of Canadians.

Both Rising Tide and Council of Canadians toured up to northern B.C. to speak with communities impacted by fracking and fracking pipelines, such as the Pacific Trails Pipeline. Numerous families said that shortly after fracking began in the region, they were no longer able to drink their tap water and the water burned their children’s skin.

“There are over 23,419 operating fracking wells in the region and another 4,000 which are abandoned. We shouldn’t make communities up north face all the burden,” said Adrangi jokingly. “In all seriousness, no one should have to face the impacts of fracking which include having all of their freshwater being used by industry and for coporate profit, and then having unidentified, toxic chemicals put back into the water cycle.”

The group also noted the serious climate impacts of fracking, as more studies indicate that fracked gas can produce as much emissions as coal.

Christy Clark has been strongly encouraging the province’s future in the fossil fuel industry, with a meeting with Alberta Premier Alison Redford on Tuesday to discuss the infamous Northern Gateway Pipeline proposal as she just returned from a North American tour to promote Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).
Photos and video available upon request

For media inquiries:
604-762-0536
Risingtide604@riseup.net
http://www.risingtide604.ca
@RisingTide604

Press Release Five

For Immediate Release – May 7, 2013
Rising Tide, Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories

Rising Tide to Tour Communities in BC Impacted by Fracking and LNG

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

Media Contacts:
Members of Rising Tide while on tour:
604-762-0536
@RisingTide604
Risingtide604@riseup.net

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.

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Press Release Six

For Immediate Release
Rising Tide, Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories
MARCH 30 GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION SEES CLIMATE CRIME CIRCUS COME TO TOWN

Vancouver, March 30: Chevron’s north Burnaby refinery was blockaded for three hours today by activists who occupied the access road and prevented tanker trucks from entering or leaving the site.

Over 150 concerned residents, First Nations, artists and climate justice activists took part in today’s circus-themed demonstration outside the refinery, organized by Rising Tide Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories in opposition to the oil giant’s involvement in the proposed Pacific Trail Pipeline (PTP) project.

The protest marks a global day of action against Chevron and the PTP, which saw events take place simultaneously in towns and cities across Canada and the United States. (1)

Chevron recently became equal partners with Apache in the PTP pipeline project, which if built would transport gas from fracking operations in northeastern BC to Kitimat for processing and export by tanker. (2) The project faces stiff opposition from some indigenous groups, and a continuous blockade of the pipeline site has been in place since November 2012 when PTP surveyors were evicted from the traditional territory of the Unist’ot’en Clan, who actively oppose the project.

Freda Huson of the Unist’ot’en Clan, who attended today’s protest in Burnaby, said: “If Chevron tries to install unsanctioned pipelines through unceded lands, they will meet complete and utter defeat”. She continued, “We will resist all of their plans. We act to protect our lands, and the increasingly unstable climate, to do what is best for future generations”.

“Our action was a fun and inclusive spectacle”, said Eric Doherty of Rising Tide Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories. “But our point is dead serious: We do not need fracked gas and we will not stand by as big oil pushes us over the climate catastrophe cliff”.

Today’s actions also highlighted concerns about the climate and water pollution threats associated with fracking, the method used to extract the gas that would be carried by the PTP pipeline if it were to be built.

Cody Kolenchuk, of Rising Tide, said: “Chevron’s Pacific Trail Pipeline would massively expand the fracking industry in BC at a time when the climate crisis demands that we leave fossil fuels in the ground, not plough ahead with ever more risky and carbon intensive extraction methods like fracking. As politicians put economic growth and industry interests ahead of carbon common sense and indigenous rights, it’s up to us to change the course of BC’s energy future”.

Kolenchuk continued: “The Pacific Trail Pipeline is not a done deal. Today we sent a clear message to Chevron: we won’t stop until you do”.

Media Contacts:
Maryam Adrangi, 604 762 0536
Cody Kolenchuk, 778 994 3306
Eric Doherty, 604 346 6994

Photos available at:
http://vancouver.mediacoop.ca/photo/truck-stop-circus-rings-chevron-refinery/16941
Press are welcome to publish these photos, please credit Murray Bush.

More Info: www.risingtide604.ca & www.unistotencamp.wordpress.com

Notes
1. Events were held in locations including Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton, Montreal, Smithers, Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria in Canada; and Chico, Great Plains, San Francisco and San Ramon in the United States.
2. More information on the PTP project: www.pacifictrailpipelines.com

Previous Press Releases

January 7th Media Release: Enbridge Panel to be Greeted with Loud Demonstration