- 35 citizens (approx.) in attendance
Edmundston April 10, 2014 Red Dot Poll results:
-First nations: "You will not be bringing this(shale gas) to our territories"
-Don't forget about the Pipelines
- Don't vote Red or Blue- any colour but that.
- Take our province back, take our government back.
- Take corporations out of politics
- Look to areas that have succeeded in transitioning to a new way of thinking
3 - Treaties protect us all
- True consultation with First Nations
- Let's focus on what we want versus what we don't want.
5 - Demand a moratorium on fracking
VOICE OF THE PEOPLE TOUR: Red Dot Poll Results Summary for Belledune, April 9, 2014
Belledune April 9, 2014 Red Dot Poll results:
1) We need to protect our water above all else.
2) Belledune should pass a 10 year moratorium on shale.
3) Map aquifers
- Ask politicians the hard questions
- Government must classify our waterways
- 90 citizens (approx.) in attendance
1) Shale gas Moratorium Now
2) Make shale gas an election issue
3) Support shale gas legal action fund
4) Consult First Nations at the community level before entering into resource agreements
5) Protect our water against shale gas
- Ecologically community managed forests
- We need real facts from real media, free and open
- Bring back our democracy (public discussion)
- Rural area support our cities protect them from shale gas
7) Change voting system to proportional representation
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Red Dot Poll Results Summary for Woodstock, March 25 2014
- 45 citizens (approx.) in attendance
1) Shale gas moratorium
2) Consult with First Nations before entering into resource agreements.
3) Change Forest Act as BC, Quebec and Ontario have done
-Discontinue subsidies to BIG corporations
-People before profi
- Government needs NEW thinking esp. jobs, value added, renewables
- Windmills and small local energy generation
- Energy efficiency
6) Tour going to First Nation communities
- Community bill of rights
- Contact influential people in your community.
- Education: Spread the word
8) Proportional representation
9) “ Land Caution” on Crown land
FOR FREDERICTON NORTH, March 24 2014
- 140 citizens (approx.) in attendance
1) Stop subsidies to large profitable corporations
2) A shale gas moratorium or ban in NB
3) Investment tools of citizens, communities and co-ops:
- Feed-in tariffs
- Community Economic Dev't Investment Funds
- Investment tax credits for co-ops
- Long-term payback loans for solar/wind
4) Proportional Representation
- Local manufacturing of energy-efficiency solutions
- Elected leaders must offer viable CLEAN ENERGY solutions as a way to create jobs and create a sustainable civilization
6) Lessen the control and monopoly of media in NB
7) Solar energy development and investments
8) Take back our democratic process
9) Protect the water resources in NB
-Town hall meetings
- Cooperation between NDP and Green Party to prevent vote splitting
- Government MUST listen to citizens
- Journalists must be asking questions about gov’t decisions ( e.g. why forestry is creating so few jobs)
- Promote cooperative enterprises
- Invest in public education
12) Create a local, regional food policy for NB
- Mandatory for new homes/buildings to use solar energy
- Aquifer mapping in NB
- Encourage information technology: get young people into mobile media/film technology AND gov’t should use software created in NB.
- Citizens must become more engaged and come out to rallies
- Bring back energy efficiency
- Better guidelines for building all new homes/buildings
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Good morning ladies and gentlemen,
Welcome to the Voice of the People Tour kick-off.
Who are we? Firstly, the Voice of the People Tour is being organized by concerned citizens through various community organizations: the Council of Canadians, the New Brunswick Anti Shale Gas Alliance, the Fredericton District Labour Council and Unifor. We are working
together to bring these important issues to the people in our communities.
The Voice of the People Tour will be coming to communities in every corner of the province. We want to hear your voice!
The purpose of our tour is to provide public education about shale gas and clean energy.
We will be asking the people in our communities:
- • Do we know everything we need to about shale gas?
- • Is shale gas the only way to create jobs?
- • What do you want in your backyard?
The town hall meetings will provide an overview of scientific evidence of the effects of shale gas development, specifically hydraulic fracturing of shale gas. We also want to discuss possible alternatives to shale gas development, namely clean energy and clean jobs.
Our concerns are broadly shared. We are here today in solidarity with many other organizations who have given their endorsement to the Voice of the People Tour. Why? Because they too are concerned with the dangers of shale gas and the lack of consultation with the people.
These organizations are:
Fredericton and District Labour Council
The New Brunswick Federation of Labour
New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance
Council of Canadians
Conservation Council of New Brunswick
The National Farmers Union
The tour will highlight why so many organizations and people are against shale gas, including 130 New Brunswick municipalities, community organizations, and professional associations. Most recently, many labour unions have called for a Provincial/national moratorium on shale gas development.
Why have the citizens organized this tour? Because we believe that the peoples' voice is vital in democracy. Over the past 4 years there has been little to no consultation or public meetings initiated by the government, nor by industry. So, people are organizing themselves. Also, there has been no consultation with the First Peoples of this land.
In addition, the Government of New Brunswick has failed to provide the public with peer reviewed scientific evidence of the harmful effects of shale gas fracking, and shale gas development. The people are not getting the information they need.
The Premier would have us believe that shale gas is the only way to create jobs in this Province. We know this is not true. In fact, according to Blue-Green Canada, for the same investment there are seven times more jobs created with clean energy and building efficiency than with the oil and gas industry.
For example, The 2013 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry report showed that there were double the number of clean energy workers compared with the number of natural gas workers in neighbouring shale gas state of Pennsylvania. 80,000 jobs were created in the clean energy versus 40,000 jobs in the natural gas sector.
Clean jobs and green energy are possible and more financially viable and long term. Shale gas jobs disappear once the wells are drilled.
It makes more sense for New Brunswick to invest in clean energy alternatives instead of shale gas. It's safer and creates more jobs. To do otherwise would be a lost opportunity for our Province.
The people have this responsibility.
Signed - The Voice of the People Coalition
On February 7th, Corridor Resources registered with the government’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) registry a proposal to propane frack four exisiting wells in Penobsquis sometime in July. This is Phase III of a three-phase project. Corridor’s short announcement was published in one small newspaper on February 11, but apparently nowhere else. The word fracking did not appear in the newspaper ad.
Before 2010, shale gas companies were not required to register for an EIA until ready to drill and frack wells. “But public pressure forced the Alward government to change that, so they created a new category of EIA called a ‘phased EIA,’ which now requires companies to register each phase of a project for an EIA.”
“The problem is this ‘phased EIA’ process is not designed to require a company to submit a formal environmental impact assessment which would trigger public hearings on their proposal,” says Deveau.
Deveau points out that until February 21st, there was nothing in the government’s EIA registry to suggest that fracking would be taking place. Nor was Corridor's proposal initially available on-line. “We live in the information age,” says Stanley resident Lawrence Wuest, “but I had to physically drive to the Department of Environment to read about the details of Corridor's proposal.”
In addition, according to a floodplain map of New Brunswick, two of the wellpads scheduled for fracking by Corridor lie on the 20 year floodplain of the Kennebecasis River. Corridor’s EIA registration document, now available on its own website does not appear to take this into consideration. This is problematic as the new rules for industry released in February 2013 place restrictions on shale gas mining in floodplains.
Energy Minister Craig Leonard even said last September that shale gas mining in flood zone areas would have to go “through a full EIA." The phased EIA now underway will likely allow Corridor to frack without any of us ever knowing how the public and the waters of the Kennebecasis River are to be safeguarded in the event of flooding," said Deveau.
“This is a far cry from what New Brunswickers should be expecting from so called ‘world-class’ shale gas regulations,” says Deveau. “I encourage New Brunswickers to demand that a comprehensive environmental impact assessment be conducted on this fracking project.”
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For Immediate Release PRESS RELEASE November 4, 2013
Communities, groups and organizations call on Alward Government to start listening to people
FREDERICTON – This Tuesday, November 5th at lunch hour, the Council of Canadians will be joined by citizens, community groups, Church organizations, unions and professional associations from throughout the Maritimes and other regions at the provincial legislature for the Unity and Solidarity Rally. Rally goers will be delivering a message to Premier Alward that all shale gas exploration and development must be halted and that the New Brunswick government must begin listening to all people about the future they want, based on his government’s duty to consult and in the spirit of true democracy.
“The Alward Government must reopen dialogue and have a genuine conversation around issues surrounding our natural resources”, says Terry Wishart, a member of the Fredericton Chapter of the Council of Canadians. “Part of this discussion has to be about the unsustainable projects they continue to pursue while many countries and jurisdictions have firmly stated their opposition to extreme resource development like shale gas and oil. Others are realizing significant increases in jobs by laying the groundwork for the resource development of wind, solar, geothermal, tidal, biogas and their forests”, Wishart points out.
One of David Alward's promises during the 2010 provincial election was citizen engagement, yet the Premier– who is also the Minister of Citizen Engagement and Aboriginal Affairs – has demonstrated his contempt for public consultation, consent, and aboriginal treaty rights. Premier Alward has refused to meet with the Wabanaki people in a traditional place of North American democracy, the Longhouse, which now rests on the banks of the Saint John River, across the street from the Provincial legislature, and was constructed for such a meeting.
As Leader of the Opposition on April 6th 2010, David Alward spoke frankly about the consequences of shale gas development on water contamination, saying, "Many problems have been reported because of [fracking] companies. Significant contamination of people's drinking water is taking place. We know that, in the United States, companies are not required to provide the information.” Government, health and academic studies document additional environmental hazards of the industry, like severe air contamination and impacts on human health, including accelerated rates of cancer and childhood asthma.
“Today Premier Alward claims he was elected with a mandate to develop shale gas. His minister of energy, Craig Leonard, says that shale gas opponents are ‘ridiculous’ or he resorts to calling us names. They discount the real facts and ignore citizens who are petitioning for public meetings and asking some very important questions”, states Council of Canadians member, Dr. Caroline Lubbe-D’Arcy. “Shale gas and hydraulic fracturing were never mentioned in their platform. In fact they avoided any mention of it in the platform’s ‘Energy Plan’, yet renewable energy and efficiency are included”, adds Lubbe-D’Arcy.
Critics charge that in the wake of Mr. Louis Lapierre’s fraud, the Alward government is also lying in order to justify moving ahead with their plans for a shale gas industry. They point out that the Alward government is following suit with the Harper Government by diluting or changing laws based on industry requirements, and are thwarting the efforts of citizen groups that work to shine a light on their failure to adequately consult with the public on shale gas.
“We hope David Alward will respect democracy and renew constructive dialogue with the Wabanaki and all peoples on the direction and future of New Brunswick” says Wishart.
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