Fracking BC: Report from the People Webinar Series

Fracking in BC | Photo by Garth Lenz

Following the release of our new book, All Fracked Up! The costs of LNG to British Columbia, Watershed Sentinel is hosting a series of free webinars where activists, experts and voices-on-the-ground describe the impacts of the fracking industry in B.C.

In this series of webinars, panelists will discuss the current fracking industry in BC – subsidies, impacts on the water, land, and human health, and much more – which will have to be exponentially ramped up if BC continues its pursuit of an LNG export industry.


Fracking BC: Report from the People #1

The first webinar in the series was held on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, and included speakers Maude Barlow, Eoin Finn, and Peter McCartney. Content from this webinar is available to view as a PowerPoint presentation and video recording.


Fracking BC: Report from the People #2

The second webinar in the series was held on Monday, December 7, 2020, and included speakers Mitchell Beer, Dr. Melissa Lem, and Dr. Romain Chesnaux. Speaker PowerPoint presentations and reports are linked below.

Reports:


Webinar Speakers:

  • Maude Barlow | Activist; author; board chair, Food and Water Watch

Maude is a longtime activist and policy critic with a special interest in water issues, former chairperson of the Council of Canadians, and recipient of fourteen honorary doctorates as well as many awards. She has authored and co-authored 19 books, including her latest, Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis and Whose Water is it Anyway? Taking water protection into public hands. She is a contributing author to All Fracked Up! The Costs of LNG to BC; her chapter focusses on the impacts of fracking on water in Northeast BC.

  • Eoin Finn | Co-founder and board chair of My Sea to Sky; extreme energy researcher

Eoin is a management consultant with 25 years of business experience, and is now a retired partner of major accounting/consulting firm KPMG. Eoin holds a B.Sc. in chemistry, a Ph.D. in physical chemistry and an MBA in International Business. Eoin has spent the past five years researching aspects of BC’s proposed LNG industry, and is a contributing author to All Fracked Up! The Costs of LNG to BC; his chapter focusses on the economics of BC LNG.

  • Peter McCartney | Environmental journalist; climate campaigner with the Wilderness Committee

Peter works from the unceded Coast Salish Territories, mobilizing communities against destructive fossil fuel export projects and build political will for a just transition to a zero carbon economy. He has just returned from a trip to BC’s northeast and will share his observations.

  • Mitchell Beer | Sustainable energy and climate specialist; Journalist; founder, The Energy Mix

A former member of Canada’s Parliamentary Press Gallery, Beer began his career as a staff reporter with the weekly Canadian Native News Service, then spent 3½ years as a reporter and editor with Canadian Renewable Energy News, a monthly specialist journal. Mitchell is the founder of The Energy Mix, a Canadian non-profit that promotes community awareness of and action on climate change, and a contributing author to All Fracked Up! The Costs of LNG to BC; his chapter focusses on the economics of BC LNG.

  • Dr. Melissa Lem | Family physician, writer

Dr. Melissa Lem is a Vancouver family physician who also works in rural and remote communities across Canada. A board member of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia,

A board member of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia, she has participated in policy and advocacy work around fracking, wildfires, climate change, clean energy and the health benefits of time spent in nature. Her writings on the environment and human well-being have also been published by national media and non-profit organizations. She is a contributing author to All Fracked Up! The Costs of LNG to BC; her chapter focusses on potential health impacts of fracking showing up in Northern BC.

  • Dr. Romain Chesnaux | Professor in environmental engineering (specializing in water resources), at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC)

Dr. Chesnaux’s recent research in northeastern BC has focused on methane leakage from fracked wells, as well as regulations on mandatory reporting, continued monitoring, and the use of protective measures.

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