Husky Withdraws Fracking Sand Application
The NWT Chapter of the Council of Canadians congratulates Husky Oil Operations Limited for withdrawing its application to explore, with the intent to develop, a silica sand mining operation in the Whitebeach Point area of the North Arm of Great Slave Lake.
There has been growing opposition to this project by affected First Nations, particularly the Tlîchô Government and the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, and by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal residents of the surrounding area. The area has historical, cultural, spiritual, environmental, and recreational value.
“This is no place for a mine, particularly a mine that, aside from being damaging in its own right, would support the environmentally destructive practice of horizontal hydraulic fracturing (shale fracking),” says Peter Redvers, Co-Chair of the NWT Chapter.
“It’s time that industry and public governments recognize that the continued exploitation and use of non-renewable energy sources is not socially, environmentally, or economically sustainable. The future lies in renewable energy sources and a healthy, diverse, and abundant environment,” Redvers says.
In light of Husky’s decision, CoC-NWT supports the Tlîchô Government in its efforts to establish the Dinàgà Wek’èhodì protected area in the North Arm and, where appropriate, to expand that protected area to include Whitebeach Point. CoC-NWT will also support ‘Wake Up! Whitebeach Point’, a local effort to educate area residents about the richness of this area.