Brent Patterson

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Brent Patterson is the Political Director at the Council of Canadians. He works with the Council's chairperson Maude Barlow, its campaigners, organizers and chapters across the country on trade, energy, water, and health care issues. The Council has political staff in Ottawa, Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Halifax, Delhi, Durban and Mexico City.

NEWS: Council of Canadians calls for ban on fracking in Ontario

| November 13, 2012

The Council of Canadians has called for a ban on fracking in Ontario.

The Chatham Daily News reports, “A national citizens organization has raised concerns about shale gas drilling after a recent provincial government report. The Council of Canadians is also calling for a ban on the practice … citing environmental and public health concerns. ‘I urge the Ontario government to follow Quebec’s lead and ban fracking,’ said Maude Barlow, national chairperson.”

BlackburnNews.com adds, “The Council’s Emma Lui says this could have serious long term effect on water resources. Lui says there is not a safe way to dispose the wastewater and sometimes it is injected back into the ground which has been linked to earthquakes in British Columbia.”

And the Fort Erie Times reports, “‘We really have to get the pressure on to the Ontario government to ban it,’ said John Jackson of Great Lakes United. Jackson was one of three speakers talking about the dangers of fracking at the St. Catharines Centennial Library Thursday night at a meeting sponsored by the St. Catharines and District Council of Women. The public meeting came on the same day the Council of Canadians called on the Ontario government to ban fracking.”

The Chatham Daily News article is at http://www.chathamdailynews.ca/2012/11/12/organization-slams-gas-fracking. The BlackburnNews report, which includes an 18-second audio clip from Emma, is at http://blackburnnews.com/sarnia/sarnia-news/2012/11/12/call-for-fracking-ban/. The Fort Erie Times report is at http://www.forterietimes.ca/2012/11/08/fracking-concerns-raised-a-meeting.

More about our campaign against fracking at http://canadians.org/fracking.

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