Public forum on fracking set for Sunday in Corner Brook

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Published on January 27, 2015

Groups organizing a public forum in the city on Sunday say expert panelists will be making connections between the issue of fracking in Newfoundland and Labrador and broader regional concerns of oil development in the Gulf of St. Lawrence during the event.

The event, organized by representatives of the Social Justice Co-operative, Newfoundland and Labrador representatives of the Save our Seas and Shores organization and other supportive individuals in the community, will take place at 2 p.m. in the lecture theatre, LC301, in the library building at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

The panelists include Irené Novaczek, adjunct professor of Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island; Chief Mi'sel Joe, of the Conne River Mi’kmaq Tribal Nation; and Michael Bradfield, an economist and member of the Nova Scotia Independent Review of Hydraulic Fracturing.

Social Justice Co-operative member Jon Parsons said the panelists will provide balance to industry’s talking points and information by offering perspectives on human health, environmental regulations, indigenous sovereignty, economics, legal frameworks and social acceptability.