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Written by Joan Russow
Friday, 15 November 2013 13:48

Ban Fracking Now

By the Council of Canadians

Right now families across Canada are suffering terribly from fracking... and it's getting worse.

David and Carol Diwell live every day fearing for their health. After fracking began next door to them in Dawson Creek, B.C., their once clean, safe drinking water is now extremely volatile and toxic.
FrackingIn neighbouring Alberta, farmers Shawn and Ronalie Campbell found the home of their dreams outside Ponoka. But relentless fracking has contaminated their groundwater with deadly methane and ruined their dream. South of them in Rosebud, Jessica Ernst can light her tap water on fire and has brought worldwide attention to her battle with energy giant EnCana.

Filthy, flammable drinking water is the terrible new reality for more and more families whose lives are being destroyed by the booming fracking industry.

It's why at this very moment women, men and children of the Elsipogtog First Nation are courageously blocking American fracking company SWN from illegally entering their land. "I want my children to be able to eat fish and drink water without getting sick," is how mother Amy Sock puts it.

Fracking signYet premiers like Christy Clark in B.C. and David Alward in New Brunswick are pushing for more fracking – not less! Government-issued permits allow fracking companies to drain local watersheds at the rate of up to 200 million litres per fracked well, leaving little for families and farms. A criminal lack of industry regulation and government oversight keeps landowners and communities powerless and in the dark. And Big Oil & Gas couldn't have a better friend in Ottawa than Stephen Harper to keep it all this way.

Who's going to put a stop to this fracking madness?

You and me, that's who.
That's why I'm urgently writing to you now. The Council of Canadians has just launched our national "Ban Fracking Now" campaign to help families and communities protect their land and drinking water, including developing public education materials, producing community action tools, and planning strategic political interventions.

Now we need to raise $150,000 by the end of November to put these plans into action! Will you help crowdfund this urgently needed frack-tivism?

Donate Now

I know that sounds like a lot. But challenging government agendas and Big Oil & Gas isn't cheap. And we can't sit by and allow even one more family to suffer like the Diwells and Campbells.

Chip in right now and your gift will immediately fund tools and actions to:

  1. Empower communities to say "NO" to fracking. You'll help produce our "Ban Fracking Toolkit" packed with research, case studies, and tools for communities to stop fracking before it starts.
  2. Expand our student engagement program. You'll fund the development of new course material on fracking for schools throughout Canada to reach the next generation of "frack-tivists."
  3. Brief Members of Parliament. You'll help organize a formal meeting with MPs in Ottawa to urge cross-party support – and action – for a federal ban on fracking.
  4. Build our Community Fracking Action Fund. You'll provide urgently needed resources and legal assistance to families on the front lines fighting to save their water.

If just 3,000 of us give $50 each, we'll hit our goal! I know we can do this because the Council of Canadians has been crowdfunding effective public advocacy work for almost 30 years.

And if you can give $75 or more I'll send you a FREE, SIGNED copy of my bestselling new book, Blue Future!

Thanks to your generous support, we have a proven track record when it comes to taking on industry and government. It was only last month that you and I helped stop Nestlé from stomping the water rights of a rural Ontario community!

That's why I know we can do it again.

Fracking is the most immediate threat to our drinking water today. Together we'll raise the public awareness and political will needed to ban it for good.

Donate Now

Let's do this!

Maude Barlow

Maude Barlow
National Chairperson, the Council of Canadians

Last Updated on Friday, 15 November 2013 13:51