Letter: LNG dream a nightmare

I read with interest Tom Fletcher’s soft interview with Premier Christy Clark regarding her views on various things.

Editor:

I read with interest Tom Fletcher’s soft interview with Premier Christy Clark regarding her views on various things such as climate, and credit cards.

I take umbrage to Ms. Clark’s flippant remark regarding hydraulic fracturing and the side effects it causes; answering Mr. Fletcher’s question “All the way to New Brunswick, they’ve basically bought the anti-hydraulic fracturing myth?”

Ms. Clark answered, “Yes, somehow they all watched an American mockumentary or whatever you call it and believed it.

“Here in B.C. we do fracking better than anywhere in the world. It is the gold standard.”  This mockumentary is the 2011 Academy Award nominated documentary Gasland, which documents results of fracking including contaminated drinking water, hazardous air pollution, and negative health impacts.

This has been followed by the documentary Gasland 2 which I have watched three times, and still have difficulty absorbing all the terrible events caused by fracking.

Four states in the U.S. confirm water pollution from fracking.  Fracking is banned in the state of Vermont, many towns in New York, the countries of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, and France.

In Rosebud River Valley, just east of Calgary, the water in many homes can be lit on fire, it burns the skin, animal won’t drink it, and crops will not grow.

In a July 16, 2014 article in the Vancouver Sun, Stephen Hume writes that B.C.’s fracking standards are inferior to the European Union, the U.S., as well as Australia.

All this information is available on the Internet and anyone with half a brain can access it in seconds, which doesn’t say much for Ms. Clark’s research skills, or intelligence.

If we simply look at her election platform of how we were all going to be rolling in dollars with her LNG dream, then it is clear to me that anything Ms. Clark says is suspect.

Bruce MacLeod

Horsefly

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