May 27 is the deadline for signing the petition calling for a moratorium on fracking until a regional study with public consultations is completed.

The petition urges the Government of the Northwest Territories to put a moratorium on fracking until “a comprehensive, transparent and public review of environmental, social and economic risks and benefits…is completed” and “the NWT public clearly indicates whether the risks and benefits are acceptable or not. “  It also calls upon the GNWT to “shift economic development away from the exploitation of fossil fuels and towards economic diversification based on renewable energy and conservation.”

Lois Little, Co-Chair of the Council of Canadians NWT Chapter, a member organization of Fracking Action North, says that with fracking issues mounting, the moratorium and regional study are more important than ever.

“We have the opportunity now to gather the facts and hear the concerns before decisions that could see fracking barrel ahead across the region.  A regional study would provide certainty for citizens and industry.” Little says.

There will be a march to the Legislative Assembly June 2 to present the petition for tabling in the Legislature.  The march begins at 11:30 at the Yellowknife Post Office.

The e-petition is found on the Legislative Assembly website.