Stand.earth launches campaign targeting fracking 

Tuesday October 19, 2021

New documentary Fracking the Peace reveals the human impacts of fracking on B.C.’s Peace River Valley 

Unceded territories of the lək̓ʷəŋən, Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples (VICTORIA, B.C.) — Stand.earth is kicking off its latest campaign today targeting fracking in B.C.’s Northeast with the premiere screening of new documentary film Fracking the Peace, which follows some of the people whose lives, water, and land have been changed by fracking.   

“Nothing could have prepared me for what I saw in the Northeast. Fracking has had a devastating impact on the landscape, on water, on the climate, and on the communities that call this place home,” said Stand.earth’s Senior Oil & Gas Campaigner, Kiki Wood. “If any of the proposed LNG facilities in the province come online, not only will it make it impossible for B.C. to meet our climate targets, but it will devastate these Northeastern communities. To ensure a safe and liveable climate for ourselves and future generations, fracking and LNG can have no place in B.C.’s energy future.”

Fracking in B.C. is currently responsible for the majority of B.C.’s methane emissions. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that is 86 times more toxic for the atmosphere than CO2, and has been historically under-reported in B.C. Yet, the fracking industry receives the single largest oil and gas subsidy from the B.C. government. Fracking the Peace paints a picture of how fracking development in B.C. has been allowed to skyrocket at the expense of the health and safety of watersheds, communities, and the rich agricultural landscape they called home.

This powerful new documentary, created by Desiree Wallace in partnership with Stand.earth,  follows community members living on Treaty 8 territory in Northeastern B.C. as they tell the story of how fracking has impacted their lives. Home to the majestic Peace River, this region has been ravaged by more than 25,000 fracking wells threatening livelihoods, physical and mental health, and the very water that sustains the life and spirit of these communities. 

“I don’t think the majority of people living in this province are aware of what is happening in the Peace region. But, I believe that if they were, there would be mass public opposition to fracking” said documentary filmmaker Desiree Wallace. “I’m convinced that once these first hand accounts are seen by thousands, the social license to expand the LNG industry in B.C. will come crumbling down. And that we will collectively choose a safer future for those who face this everyday reality.”

Several of the residents featured in the film share their concerns that new Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) terminals will only multiply the impacts fracking is having on their communities. Currently there are no major export LNG terminals online in B.C. but the LNG Canada terminal in Kitimat is under construction, the Woodfibre LNG terminal in Squamish has been granted provincial permits, and several other projects including the Tilbury LNG Expansion Facility in Delta are seeking approval from the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office. If these projects go ahead it will lead to tens of thousands of new fracking wells being drilled in the Peace region to supply the demand of these new terminals.

Currently, oil and gas activity produces 20 per cent of B.C. 's emissions, but contributes only three per cent to provincial GDP, and represents just 0.5 per cent of jobs in the province. If construction on the LNG Canada terminal is completed, it will add four million tonnes of emissions per year — which would represent a 30 per cent increase in oil and gas emissions.

In-person screenings of Fracking the Peace are taking place in Victoria today at 5pm and 7pm PT. There will also be online screenings on Oct 26 and 27.

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Media contacts: 

Ziona Eyob, Media Director - Canada, Stand.earth, canmedia@stand.earth, c: +1 604 757 7279 (Pacific Time)