PORT ELGIN and TORONTO, ON, Nov. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - Unifor, Canada's
largest energy union, is calling for a Canada-wide moratorium on all
new oil and gas fracking. Already the provinces of Quebec and
Newfoundland and Labrador have introduced moratoriums on fracking. Nova
Scotia has banned fracking while undertaking a review. Unifor is now
pushing for a national moratorium.
Unifor is raising concerns about the safety and environmental risks
associated with fracking as well as the lack of informed consent by
First Nations about fracking activities on traditional lands.
In the statement unanimously passed by the 25-person Unifor National
Executive Board, the union expressed support for the non-violent
protest efforts by First Nations to resist fracking activity on their
lands. The Unifor National Executive Board is made up of elected
representatives from across the country and a variety of economic
sectors, including energy.
"Unconventional gas fracking has the potential to have catastrophic
effects on our environment and economy. The safety risks are also a
major concern for our union," said Unifor National President Jerry
Dias. "Just because we can carry out this activity does not mean we
should. We must enact a national moratorium on fracking activity."
Dias also noted that it would be folly for Canada to reorient our entire
energy infrastructure around a short-term surge in an unsustainable
From the statement:
"Any resource extraction industry in Canada must confront the problem of
unresolved aboriginal land claims, and the inadequate economic benefits
(including employment opportunities) which have been offered to First
Nations communities from resource developments. This problem is
especially acute with fracking because of the widespread land which
would be affected by the activity, and the heated, profit-hungry rush
which the industry is set to quickly unleash. Many Canadians share
these concerns with the potential economic, social, and environmental
damage of an unregulated fracking industry.
Instead of being guided by short-term swings in prices and profits for
private energy producers, Canada's federal and provincial governments
must develop and implement (in cooperation with other stakeholders) a
national plan for a stable, sustainable energy industry that respects
our social and environmental commitments, and generates lasting wealth
for all who live here."
To read the full statement, please visit: http://www.unifor.org/sites/default/files/attachments/neb_resolution_on_fracking_nov2013_e.pdf
For further information:
Please contact Unifor Communications Director Shannon Devine (416) 302-1699 or Atlantic Regional Director Lana Payne (709) 743-5343