What If? Who Will?

What if the decision to allow “fracking” is made for Newfoundland and Labrador, and the scientists, the people who have already been adversely affected, the cities, provinces/states and countries that have banned it, were right?

What if the decision to allow “Fracking” is made for Newfoundland and Labrador?

Who will be held accountable in the event of a spill, a leak, an “accident”?

The Government who allowed it? The Panel who recommended it? The oil company who did it?

What if the drill pads on the beaches, across the street from our homes emits hazardous fumes from their flare stacks?

Who will bring oxygen to the already infirm or to the elderly or to the children who develop breathing complications?

The Government who allowed it? The Panel who recommended it? The oil company who did it?

What if one of the trucks loaded with “fracking chemicals” goes off the road and hits one of our homes, or our children?

Who will be there to rescue them, clean up the mess, pay for the damages and health care costs?

The Government who allowed it? The Panel who recommended it? The oil company who did it?

What if one of the “fracks” causes an earthquake in front of our homes?

Who will be there to pull us from the water, to rebuild our homes, to clean up the mess or pay for the damages?

The Government who allowed it? The Panel who recommended it? The oil company who did it? 

What if our drinking water is contaminated?

Who will bring us fresh water and where will they get it? We live on an Island that is already overloaded with “boil water advisories”.

The Government who allowed it? The Panel who recommended it? The oil company who did it?

What if in the winter months, when the bay fills with ice, and the gale force winds return, there is damage to the drill pads that line our beaches, causing an environmental disaster?

Who will be equipped to battle the elements of Mother Nature and respond quickly to clean up the mess and try to save the bay?

The Government who allowed it? The Panel who recommended it? The oil company who did it?

What if a spill, leak or accident kills all sea life in the bay and ultimately in the gulf?

Who will compensate the fishermen, work to restore the ocean and apologize to the rest of the Maritimes for the damage?

The Government who allowed it? The Panel who recommended it? The oil company who did it?

What if a spill, leak or accident destroys the beaches that tourists and returning Newfoundlanders head to in the summer months?

Who will be there to try and clean them up? Restore them to their natural beauty?

The Government who allowed it? The Panel who recommended it? The oil company who did it?

What if the decision to allow “fracking” is made for Newfoundland and Labrador, and the scientists, the people who have already been adversely affected, the cities, provinces/states and countries that have banned it, were right?

Who will be accountable then? I’m guessing, not the Government who allowed it. Not the Panel who recommended it. Certainly NOT the company who does it! 

Listen to the people! Do the right thing and ban fracking in Newfoundland and Labrador!

Katherine Hoskins (Boswarlos, Port au Port Peninsula)

(Katherine Hoskins is a member of the Port au Port Bay Fishery Committee and this is her letter as submitted to the Newfoundland and Labrador fracking review panel.)

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