VICTORIA, B.C. – The technical report released by the Scientific Hydraulic Fracturing Review Panel today highlights the need for more information on the risks of fracking so that government can make informed decisions to safeguard the environment and its citizens.
“Government says they have developed a ‘phased approach’ to implementing the panel’s 97 recommendations, but how can they adequately address the potential risks of fracking without clear scientific data,” said MLA Sonia Furstenau, B.C. Green caucus spokesperson for the environment. “The B.C. Green caucus believes in evidence-based policy and decision making. The lack of data on the impacts to human health, environmental health, cumulative impacts and the increasing number of seismic events associated with horizontal fracking all point towards the need for a more cautious approach.
“It shows a lack of due diligence for government to continue with their LNG plans, which will inevitably bring more fracking, without evidence to address these concerns. B.C. Green caucus will continue to oppose LNG or any further investment in the fossil fuel industry, which undermines CleanBC’s emission goals, is harmful to people and the environment, and takes us further from an economy based on an innovative industry and workforce.
“Government has a responsibility to show its commitment to the environment and to the well-being of British Columbians on all policy fronts. That policy must be guided by scientific analysis to safeguard the health and wellbeing of people and the environment.”
The B.C. Green caucus is reviewing the report to see whether additional steps should be taken.
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