Target: Tim Grange, President & CEO of Lone Pine Resources, Inc.
Goal: Drop lawsuit challenging Quebec’s fracking moratorium
The controversial practice of fracking for natural gas involves injecting toxic chemicals deep underground to dislodge gas reserves that are impossible to extract in any other way. When chemicals used for fracking seep into underground aquifers, they may end up in drinking water, threatening the health and safety of nearby communities. Last year, in response to concerns from citizens worried about the dangers of fracking, the Canadian province of Quebec put a moratorium on fracking activity in the province.
Now a US-based company, Lone Pine Resources, wants to overturn Quebec’s ban on fracking. Lone Pine has threatened to sue the Canadian government for $250 million under the North American Free Trade Agreement, in an attempt to force Quebec to open up its lands for fracking. Overturning the fracking moratorium would result in more communities being exposed to the toxic side effects of fracking, while setting a discouraging precedent for other Canadian provinces and US states that wish to protect their citizens from fracking activity.
State and provincial governments should have the right to ban environmentally destructive practices like fracking, without having to worry about the intimidation tactics Lone Pine Resources is attempting to employ. Sign below to urge Lone Pine to immediately drop its lawsuit threat, and respect the right of communities to say no to fracking.
Dear President Granger,
We, the undersigned, urge Lone Pine Resources to immediately drop its threatened NAFTA challenge to the moratorium on fracking in the province of Quebec. The Quebec government passed this moratorium in response to concerns about the very real health and environmental impacts of fracking. By trying to undermine Quebec’s right to protect its citizens, Lone Pine is blatantly disregarding the will of Quebec communities.
Fracking is one of the most controversial methods of energy extraction being used today in North America. Regardless of your own position on fracking, it is clear that many communities have legitimate concerns about the practice. Fracking has been linked to groundwater pollution, air pollution near fracking sites, increased seismic activity, and other negative environmental and health impacts.
Threatening the Canadian government with a wasteful, expensive lawsuit over Quebec’s fracking ban resorts to unethical intimidation tactics, and does not reflect will on Lone Pine Resources as a company. We urge you to immediately drop your lawsuit threat, and to make it clear that you support the right of communities to decide whether to allow controversial practices like fracking.
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