The Wilderness Committee says the announcement of the B.C government’s 3 member scientific review into fracking activities missed the mark.
Peter McCartney, Climate Campaigner for the Wilderness Committee, says the scope of this review is limited.
“Whatever review process needed to happen, needed to be a full public inquiry. They had to look into the B.C Oil and Gas Commission, and how fracking companies were able to build dozens of illegal dams, without the Oil and Gas Commission investigating.”
McCartney says, rather than a look into the scientific side of hydraulic fracturing, they need to be looking into the legal implications, particularly involving Indigenous groups.
“Really looking into Indigenous rights and title, and making sure the fracking industry operates with the permission of the people whose territory it is is incredibly important.”
McCartney adds, the public health effects of fracking need to be addressed as well.