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Yukoners Concerned ‘cautiously optimistic’ about Libs

Wednesday May 3, 2017

Approximately 15 members from Yukoners Concerned met with the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, Ranj Pillai, in early April to understand the new government’s energy priorities over the coming years.

He was also joined by John Streicker, Mininster of Community Services, and EMR deputy minister Stephen Mills. We were very pleased to have this opportunity for an open line of communication, given the previous government’s unwillingness to meet with us. The 90-minute meeting was a chance to explain the core motivations of our passionate group of citizens: protecting the Yukon’s land and water and ensuring that the Yukon is part of the solution to climate change rather than part of the problem.

We were pleased to get a re-affirmation from Pillai of the government’s election commitment that there will be no fracking in the territory. The minister was unequivocal on this point. However, we were disappointed to learn that the government intends to support conventional oil and gas development. Based on the best available research and the testimony of fracking expert, Anthony Ingraffea, there are no viable volumes of oil and gas that can be extracted without fracking in the Yukon because our geology is primarily shale. We know that for environmental and economic reasons, oil and gas development is not a road worth going down for the Yukon, and we are hopeful that the new government will soon realize this as well.

According to Pillai, the focus of the government is on renewable energy and they are looking at a number of different projects to get off the ground, as well as the potential for more clean energy based space heating. Minister Pillai also tempered our disappointment with the resource plan recently produced by Yukon Energy, which is heavy on diesel and liquified natural gas. He stressed that it is very much a draft plan.

We provided Pillai a number of questions on issues such as Eagle Plains, the wintering range of the Porcupine Caribou, and how the government defines conventional and unconventional development. We look forward to receiving those answers in the coming weeks. Overall, the meeting left us feeling cautiously optimistic about the direction the new Yukon government aims to take us. We will be working hard to hold them to their promise on no fracking, and to encourage them to take the path of renewable energy rather than fossil fuels, for the sake of our environment and future generations.

Don Roberts Chair,

Yukoners Concerned


Liberals are wrote:
9:54pm Tuesday May 16, 2017

blowing in the wind about the facts of the Yukon.

We should applaud Yukoners for being involved. wrote:
5:33pm Wednesday May 10, 2017

@PSG - What does it really matter if it was one person or a million at the meeting? The government has publicly confirmed statements about fracking and renewable energies - important news that’s the focus of the letter. Why are you wining about attendees and berating obviously concerned Yukoners? Surely the more residents get involved in matters the better for all of us. Or perhaps it’s democracy only when people agree with you?

bill cuban wrote:
2:37pm Wednesday May 10, 2017

the Yukoners Concerned group might want to check their facts. if they would reference credible information, people might take notice.

ProScience Greenie wrote:
9:21am Tuesday May 9, 2017

Approximately 15 people for 90 minutes eh.  Or was it two 45 minute meetings with approximately seven people? You never know, when it comes to the math of Concerned Yukoners, what the real numbers are. Anyways, one has to feel sorry for Pillai, Streicker and Mills as that was an hour and a half of life they will never get back.

Concerned Yukoners should be looking for a new fracking expert as it looks like Anthony Ingraffea’s work is not doing good with the peer review thing. Best to keep O&G out of the Yukon based on sound science, not sloppy science and fear-mongering.

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