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Behn, Gillis to talk fracking in Yukon as govt reviews moratorium

PostedSeptember 12, 2014 by in Yukon
Behn, Gillis to talk fracking in Yukon as govt reviews moratorium

Caleb Behn, subject of the forthcoming film Fractured Land, will talk fracking in the Yukon (Zack Embree)

The Common Sense Canadian’s Damien Gillis and First Nations resource management expert and recent law graduate Caleb Behn will be in the Yukon from September 15 to 18, discussing the pros and cons of shale gas development.

Behn is the subject of the forthcoming feature documentary, Fractured Land, which Gillis is co-directing and co-producing. The presentations – in Whitehorse, Dawson City and Watson Lake (more info below) – will feature some highlights of the film and observations from Behn and Gillis on BC’s experience with fracking.

Yukon ponders lifting shale gas moratorium

The Yukon territorial government is at the tail end of its review into shale gas, as it considers whether to lift a 2012 moratorium on the controversial practice. The Yukon Conservation Society (YCS) and Council of Canadians have teamed up to bring Behn and Gillis to the territory, in advance of the final round of public hearings before the Select Committee renders its verdict.

“We are at a critical point in decision making about oil and gas development inthe Yukon”, says YCS energy analyst, Anne Middler.

There are only three more hearings left before the door closes on public input at the end of September and the Select Committee decides whether or not fracking should be permitted in the Yukon.

Newfoundland passed its own fracking moratorium last year, while Nova Scotia recently followed suit.

Says Gillis, “We hope that by sharing our insights, we can help people make informed decisions, especially since this would be a new industry to the Yukon.”

Prime time for public to get involved in discussion

YCS and the Council of Canadians are encouraging the public “to come out, get informed, ask questions, join the discussion and be primed for your last chance to participate in the Select Committee process that will decide whether or not to allow fracking in the Yukon.”

The discussion will weigh the promised economic benefits of shale gas against the environmental trade-offs, based on the lastest science and on-the-ground experience. “The economic opportunities argument seems to be what proponents of fracking bank on, but has prosperity been a reality for our BC neighbours?” Middler wonders.

Behn will lend his experience as an oil and gas officer and lands manager for several northeast BC First Nations to the discussion – analyzing BC’s regulatory framework, which the Yukon has been studying. Meanwhile, Gillis will drill down on some of the key myths surrounding the industry – such as the notion that shale gas is a cleaner alternative to coal-fired electricity.

Event info

• WHITEHORSE:  Monday, September 15, 7pm at the Beringia Centre

• DAWSON CITY: Tuesday, September 16, 7pm at Danoja Zho Cultural Centre

• WATSON LAKE: Thursday, September 18, 7pm at the Northern Lights Centre

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