shale gas moratorium new brunswick

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The draft moratorium below was created for the young people of Wabanaki territories and New Brunswick who have been under threat from shale gas development despite the best efforts of the people to stop it.

I hope that the young people will use this draft to demand that their elected, appointed and hereditary leaders ensure that a moratorium is set in place as soon as possible so that our youth have long enough to decide whether they want this kind of development to affect their and their great-grandchildren's future

All My Relations, Willi Nolan, Grandmother

DRAFT RESOLUTIONS FOR 25-YEAR PROVINCIAL MORATORIUM ON HYDRAULIC FRACTURING PROPOSED BY CONCERNED YOUTH OF WABANAKI NEW BRUNSWICK[edit]

DRAFT December 2014

WHEREAS, the Governments of New Brunswick and Wabanaki Territories are vested with the responsibility to protect valuable natural resources and human health; and
WHEREAS, the activities of companies whose primary business activities involve the extraction and sale of prehistoric, or non­renewable, carbon ­based fuels (“fossil fuel companies”) endanger the health and well being of humans, ecosystems and Future Generations by contaminating water, land and air; and
WHEREAS, the Governments of New Brunswick and Wabanaki Territories are vested with the responsibility to educate their Peoples and businesses about the facts about environmental pollution and climate change and to uphold environmental and climate justice by withdrawing financial and other support from fossil fuel companies; and
WHEREAS, fossil fuel operations, including hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for natural gas and oil, are known to involve the injection of toxic chemicals into the ground and into the air; and
WHEREAS, fossil fuel operations, including hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for natural gas and oil, use massive amounts of fresh water, a precious and finite resource needed by all life forms for their survival; and
WHEREAS, there have been more than 1,000 documented cases of water contamination near fossil fuel operation sites, including hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for natural gas and oil, in the U.S. and Canada and that some people have well water that is not only contaminated, but flammable to an extent that they can light their drinking water on fire; and
WHEREAS, wastewater from fossil fuel operations, including hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for natural gas and oil, cannot be safely treated in municipal wastewater systems and its disposal puts air, land and water sources at risk of contamination with known carcinogens, neuro-toxins, endocrine disruptors and other highly toxic chemicals; and
WHEREAS, the pollution of water caused by fossil fuel operations, including hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for natural gas and oil, threatens the long-term economic, social and ecological well being of communities that depend on clean air, land and water sources for their survival; and
WHEREAS, there is still insufficient data and study on the impact of fossil fuel operations, including hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for natural gas and oil, on localized areas which can have adverse human and ecosystem health effects; and
WHEREAS, while the fossil fuel industries deny that their operations are responsible for harm to human existence, independent studies have demonstrated compelling evidence that fossil fuel operations, including hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for natural gas and oil, create greenhouse gas emissions, clearly indicating that the Precautionary Principle must be applied in order to avoid increasing harms being caused by climate change impacts and to protect public and environmental health and Future Generations; and
WHEREAS, waters, lands and air are shared commons and public trusts and, as such, it is essential that communities be enabled to be a part of the decision-making process; and
WHEREAS, on September 23, 2011, the United Nations 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 fossil fuel operations, including hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for natural gas and oil, is a violation of this and other human rights; and
WHEREAS, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has determined that the burning of fossil fuels, which includes oil and shale gas, results in the emission of greenhouse gases that accumulate, become trapped in the atmosphere and prevent heat from radiating back into outer space. This leads to increases in global average surface temperature and its concomitant effects are colloquially known as “climate change”; and
WHEREAS, emissions of methane, carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases endanger the health, safety, and welfare of current and Future Generations; and
WHEREAS, fossil fuel companies’ business activities, including hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for natural gas and oil, are abnormally dangerous because they emit methane, carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that inevitably and unnaturally contribute to climate change, causing serious harm to Future Generations’ persons and property; and
WHEREAS, fossil fuel companies’ exploration and development and operations, including hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for natural gas and oil, have already resulted in global fossil fuel reserves greater than the amount that would likely result in an increase of two degrees Celsius; and
WHEREAS, widely accepted impacts of human-driven, accelerated climate change include slowed economic growth and increased economic losses, which would cause global food insecurity and increased risks of violent conflict; and
WHEREAS, the future health, safety, and welfare of Future Generations, those individuals not yet born or too young to assert their rights, depends on government decisions to be made in their best interest; and
WHEREAS, any decisions to allow hydraulic fracturing will impact on the health and well-being of humans, plants and animals for generations to come; and
WHEREAS, governments have been aware of the persecution of its peoples for asserting the lawful right to peaceful protest against activities involving the exploration, extraction and sale of prehistoric, or non­renewable, carbon ­based fuels (“fossil fuel companies”) that endanger the health and well being of humans, ecosystems and Future Generations by contaminating water, land and air; and
WHEREAS, the Rule of Law has been corrupted due to government and judicial policies that enable abuses of court processes by entities seeking to exploit prehistoric, or non­renewable, carbon ­based fuels, including court injunctions and malicious and vexatious litigation against public participation (SLAPP lawsuits - Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation).
WHEREAS, we are morally obligated to allow our young people, our future leaders, to have the opportunity to make fully informed decisions about processes that will affect them and their children;
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that on the _____day of _______20__, the Governments of Wabanaki territories and New Brunswick, and (____names of____ municipalities, villages, local service districts and towns), hereby set in place a territory-wide, province-wide moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for twenty five (25) years from this date to allow independent public, provincial and federal reviews to be completed that include extensive public consultation and full consideration of the potential human and environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Governments of Wabanaki territories and New Brunswick, and (____names of____ municipalities, villages, local service districts and towns), recognize the duty to collaborate with young people, First Canadian peoples, federal, provincial, municipal and other local governments on the human and ecosystem health impacts of the exploitation of oil and gas resources and to obtain their consent before proceeding with practices known to be destructive to human or ecosystem health.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Governments of Wabanaki territories and New Brunswick, hereby recognize their duty to uphold the Rule of Law and the right to peaceful protest, and prevent abuses of court processes, by refraining from collusion with entities seeking to exploit prehistoric, or non­renewable, carbon ­based fuels, including court injunctions and malicious and vexatious litigation against public opposition and peaceful protest, including SLAPP lawsuits (Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation).
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT DECREED, that hydraulic fracturing for natural gas and other fossil fuels and the treatment of fracking fluids or fracking wastewater treatment plant(s) within watersheds relied on in Wabanaki and New Brunswick territories, (____names of____ municipalities, villages, local service districts and towns) and (name of local watershed)(s), is prohibited for twenty-five (25) years from this date to allow independent public, provincial and federal reviews to be completed that include extensive public consultation, full consideration of the potential human and environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing and the free, prior and informed consent of young people, First Canadian peoples and lawful residents of the territory has been granted.
PASSED, APPROVED, AND EFFECTIVE on this ____ day of ____, 20__.
ATTEST:

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--Nbreferata (talk) 14:49, October 9, 2013 (EDT)