It’s an industrial practice that has raised major social, climate change, and water quality concerns.
And this weekend, communities affected by hydraulic fracturing at opposite ends of the country are comparing notes in a pair of video-linked public forums.
Ian Thompson with Kairos Canada says part of the question is how fracking is dividing communities that have come to rely on the industry.
“Some of the fractures that happen geologically are also fractures that happen socially and really at the family level. And trying to bring out how do we move forward, how do we find a more harmonious way of dealing with the issue of fracking so it doesn’t lead to all of this conflict and division.”
He says another key topic is what happens when local communities do decide to oppose the practice.
“Is that decision being respected by government, by the companies? So the real question is do communities have the right to decide on these economic development projects.”
Thompson says participants in Vancouver and Moncton, New Brunswick will share experiences dealing with government and industry on the issue, as well as the impact on First Nations. He says the forum will also be a place to share concerns about the effects on water quality and climate change.