Conference: U of Alberta, Free, March 20: Keeping our Water, The Unanswered questions of In Situ Mining and Fracing, Excellent speakers including Andrew Nikiforuk

The Unanswered Questions about Insitu Mining and Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking) by Keepers of the Athabasca, March 20, 2015, U of A, Edmonton (details below)

In situ and hydraulic fracturing are ingenuous, yet highly contested methods of oil and gas extraction. In situ drilling accounts for 80% of oil sand reserves in Northern Alberta, and hydraulic fracturing grows by the day around the province, with 1516 licenses approved by the in 2013 alone.

Issues of water use, tailing, underground formations, land disturbance, and Treaty commitments with in situ and fracking extraction will be addressed by scientists and traditional knowledge holders in this event.

Speakers: Professor. William Shotyk (scientist), Dr. Bill Donahue (water scientist), Dr. Kevin Timoney (scientist), Matthew Whitehead (traditional knowledge holder), Andrew Nikiforuk (investigative journalist), Caleb Behn (lawyer/Indigenous Dene),

Keepers of the Athabasca will also be addressing the links between Insitu/Fracking and Climate Change.

March 20, 2015
Corbett Hall., Room 230
Free and open event!

University of Alberta, Edmonton Alberta

This event is from 8:30am until 4:30pm.   thank you. 


8:30 am Welcome and Traditional Prayer
Dr. Makere Stewart and Elder Nancy Scannie

9:15am- 10:15am Professor and Bocock Chair, Dr William Shotyk -Lower Athabasca
Water Quality

10:15am – 11:15am William F. Donahue, Ph.D., LL.B.
Risks of Hydraulic Fracturing and In Situ Oil Sands Development to Freshwaters”.

11:15am-12:15pm Kevin Timoney
Insitu, CSS, AER responses to date.

12:15pm-12:45pm- LUNCH

12:45pm-1:45pm Matthew Whitehead
The Concept of Indigenous Knowledge From a First Nation’s Perspective and World View

1:45pm-2:45pm Andrew Nikiforuk
Fracking Alberta: Politics and Reality

2:45pm-3:30pm Caleb Behn
The Fractured Land “Decolonizing Water Governance”

3:30pm-4:00pm Resolutions and Follow up Actions

2015 03 20 Keeping our water, The unanswered questions about in situ mining and fracing, speakers Nikiforuk, Timoney, more

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