Stand Against Gas Companies and With First Nations Community

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Target: Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Goal: Support Native American basketball team and fight liquefied natural gas companies.

A basketball team is fighting against sponsorship by a liquefied natural gas company. The All Native Basketball Tournament is played with members of the First Nations, or indigenous tribes, of British Columbia. The event organizers have accepted sponsorship money from the worst environmental polluters of our time–the oil and gas industry.

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), which involves fracking, is mostly cooled methane that can be transported between countries and state boundaries. The Skidegate Saints don’t want to rebuild their community with support from permanently destructive and environmentally damaging fracking companies. Fracking is essentially tearing the earth’s surface with high pressure water, sand and chemicals to force gas to be released.

Fracking pollutes local ground water and permanently contaminates the surrounding land with toxic chemicals. Those chemicals also end up in the water supplies of cities that get their water from underground aquifers. Aquifers are full of clean water trapped underground and are constantly polluted by fracking and runoff. Fracking also wastes 1.8 million gallons of water (our most precious resource) for each fracking job.

The captain of the Skidegate Saints argues that supporting the oil and gas industry shouldn’t have a place within a tournament that attempts to rebuild the First Nations community. First Nations communities are very close with nature and the protection of the environment. Stand with First Nations groups that aim to protect the earth and their environment. Join the Skidegate saints and demand an end to the oil and gas industry.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister McKenna,

During the All Native Basketball Tournament, one team is bravely fighting liquefied natural gas company influence. The all-Native Skidegate Saints who participated in the tournament don’t want to rebuild their community using support from permanently destructive and environmentally damaging fracking. Fracking pollutes, wastes water, and contributes to toxic air.

The captain of the Skidegate Saints argues that supporting the oil and gas industry shouldn’t have a place within a tournament that attempts to rebuild the First Nations community in a healthy and sustainable way. The Environmental Protection Agency can stand with First Nations groups that aim to protect the earth and their environment. Join the Skidegate saints and end the oil and gas industry.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Environmental Protection Agency

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