Pass a municipal resolution against fracking

Pass a municipal resolution against fracking

Postby Oscar » Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:22 am

Pass a municipal resolution in your community against fracking

http://www.canadians.org/fracking-resolution

Help raise awareness locally about the dangers of fracking by visiting your local municipal or town council and asking elected representatives to pass a resolution that places a moratorium, or even a full ban on fracking operations within city limits.

Start by meeting with local politicians to get them onside. Find out how to get a motion introduced and be prepared to speak at committee and/or council meetings. Use our sample resolution below as a starting point, and be sure to check our fracking section for other helpful resources such as factsheets and articles for helpful research and background information.

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SAMPLE MUNICIPAL RESOLUTIONS ON FRACKING

WHEREAS, hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for natural gas and other fossil fuels often involves the injection of hundreds of toxic chemicals into the ground; and

WHEREAS, hydraulic fracturing uses massive amounts of water, as much as 36 million litres per fracking “job”; and

WHEREAS, there have been more than a 1,000 documented cases of water contamination near fracking sites in the U.S. and some people, such as in Rosebud, Alberta, have well water that now contains so much natural gas they can light their drinking water on fire; and

WHEREAS, the pollution of water caused by fracking threatens the long-term economic, social and ecological well being of communities that depend on clean water sources to meet their basic needs; and

WHEREAS, the treatment of fracking wastewater strains municipal wastewater systems and puts water sources at risk since wastewater treatment systems are not capable of removing endocrine disruptors and other toxic chemicals from fracking wastewater; and

WHEREAS, more study is needed on the impact of hydraulic fracturing on localized air pollution which can have adverse health effects; and

WHEREAS , while the industry claims that natural gas is a cleaner fuel, some independent studies have shown that hydraulic fracturing creates more lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions than mining and burning coal and clearly more scientific study is needed; and

WHEREAS, water and air are shared commons and public trusts and as such require genuine public consultation and a process that enables communities to be a part of the decision-making process; and

WHEREAS, on September 23, 2011, the UN Human Rights Council passed Resolution A/HRC/18/L.1 affirming the human right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation and as such contamination of drinking water by fracking fluids is a violation of this and other human rights;

OPTION 1. MORATORIUM UNTIL REVIEW/PUBLIC CONSULTATION OCCURS:

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that on the _____day of ____20__, (municipality or town) supports a province-wide and national moratorium on hydraulic fracturing until provincial and federal reviews have been completed that include extensive public consultation and full consideration of the potential human and environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that (municipality or town) also calls for dialogue between First Nations, federal, provincial and municipal governments on the impacts of hydraulic fracturing.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED, that hydraulic fracturing for natural gas and other fossil within (municipality or town) and (name of local watershed) watershed and the treatment of fracking fluids in (municipality or town)’s wastewater treatment plant(s) is prohibited until the above-noted public consultations and reviews have been completed.

PASSED, APPROVED, AND EFFECTIVE on this ____ day of ____, 20__.

ATTEST:
__________________________ ________________________________
Mayor

__________________________ ________________________________
Council President


OPTION 2. OUTRIGHT BAN: (see below for ban until dialogue occurs)

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that on the _____day of ____20__, (municipality or town) supports a provincial and national ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas and other fossil fuels.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that (municipality or town) will send a letter to (Member of Provincial Parliament and Member of Parliament) calling for a ban on hydraulic fracturing and for the development of provincial and federal legislation banning hydraulic fracturing.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED, that hydraulic fracturing for natural gas and other fossil fuels within (municipality or town) and (name of local watershed) watershed and the treatment of fracking fluids in (municipality or town)’s wastewater treatment plant(s) is banned.

PASSED, APPROVED, AND EFFECTIVE on this ____ day of ____, 20__.

ATTEST:
__________________________ ________________________________
Mayor

__________________________ ________________________________
Council President


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