Elizabeth May, the leader of the federal Green party, believes a controversial method of recovering natural gas buried in rock is being spurred on by a desperate addiction to fossil fuels.
During an interview at the Georgia Straight offices, May said of hydraulic fracturing: “We’re against it, full stop.”
In reality, the planet is running out of “cheap and abundant” energy, May noted.
“In our desperation to hang on to something that is in declining supply, and increasing in price, we are prepared to spend more money, more energy, and do more environmental damage to squeeze out the last bits, such as scraping bitumen in Alberta [tar sands], such as trying to blow apart rock with high-pressure water to liberate natural gas, at the same time running the risk of massive water contamination,” May said.
On April 13, activist Will Koop of the B.C. Tap Water Alliance send a two-page letter to B.C.’s ministers of energy and mines; environment; and forests, lands, and natural resources operations—Rich Coleman, Terry Lake, and Steve Thomson—and demanded a public inquiry be held into fracking in B.C.’s northeast.
“The B.C. Tap Water Alliance is calling upon the province of British Columbia to conduct a full public enquiry and hearing process into the environmental and social impacts of shale gas developments, and to lay out clear recommendations to reduce the cumulative impacts on the environment, human health and water resources,” Koop wrote.
Elizabeth May on fracking and energy planning.
May noted that her party advocates a national energy strategy, claiming Canada is the only OECD country that does not have one.
“So we need a plan,” May said. “And that planning will for a long time include some participation of fossil fuels in our energy-use mix, but we need to massively improve energy efficiency and conservation, which could, by enormous orders of magnitude, be more useful to our economy than fracking.”