Win! Hamilton City Council passes resolution supporting provincial and national moratoriums on hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

The following resolution was approved by Hamilton City Council on February 12th, 2014. Moved by councillor Terry Whitehead, in regards to agenda item 5.6 E-mail with attachment from Ed Reece, Chair of the Great Lakes & Water Group, Hamilton Chapter, Council of Canadians, respecting Request for Resolution Against Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking).

Recommendation: That the City of Hamilton supports a province-wide and national moratorium on hydraulic fracturing until provincial and federal reviews have been completed that include extensive public consultation and full consideration of the potential human and environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing.

Thanks to councillor Terry Whitehead and Hamilton City Council for their support for this resolution. It places Hamilton in the forefront of those municipalities across Canada, North America and the world that have expressed concern about the impact of fracking on humans and the environment. It is “an important first step in defending municipalities from fracking, laying the groundwork for bylaws/zoning protection and to send a clear message to other levels of government.” []

Thanks as well to all those who commented on the initial draft of the letter to Hamilton City Council, the final version of which is reproduced below. Thanks as well to all those who came out to the Council meeting on February 12th to show their support for the resolution.

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