Resolution no. 69/2011 Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing by Assembly of First Nations, Special Chiefs Assembly

2011 12 FN Resolution 69-2011 Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing December 6, 7, and 8, 2011. Certified copy of a resolution adopted on the 8th day of December, 2011 in Ottawa, Ontario
Most First Nations in Canada have not given their free, prior and informed consent to hydraulic fracturing on their territory. Most First Nations communities are not informed about the full impacts of hydraulic fracturing, largely due to the lack of research and information on the full impacts of hydraulic fracturing in Canada. THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Chiefs-in-Assembly:
1. Direct the Assembly of First Nations to call upon federal government to conduct, starting immediately comprehensive and objective research, with guidance and oversight by First Nations, on the short and long-term impacts of hydraulic fracturing, including:
a. The impacts on water resources with respect to the amount of water that is required for fracturing operations;
b. The impacts to ground and surface water with respect to the chemicals used in fracturing operations, the contaminated water that is produced in fracturing operations and how the contaminated water is treated and stored;
c. The impacts of fracturing operations on human health. …
4. Direct the Assembly of First Nations to request the federal government implement an immediate moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas until First Nations have the proper information on these operations, including aforementioned research, and have given free, prior and informed consent to hydraulic fracturing operations.

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