John Cascadden is an active member of many environmental and community organizations, including Ecology Action Centre, Five Bridges Heritage Trust, OurHRM Alliance and NOFRAC.
Full letter here:
Dr. Wheeler and Review Panellists,
I did not originally send the message below to your review committee because I believed the scope of the review was limited to the scientific aspects of hydraulic fracturing when applied to shale gas exploration and extraction/recovery processes.
But then I came to the conclusion that it was pertinent because all too often the drilling and oil & gas industries have used gag orders and nondisclosure stipulations to keep the facts away from public scrutiny. And the fact that those evidences are not available for you and your panellists to factor into your review may well have a profound impact on the validity of your review’s conclusions which will be based on the facts that are available to you during your review process.
The common usage of gag orders and nondisclosure stipulations should cause your panellists grave concerns that the publically available facts are insufficient to conclusively determine the safety aspects related to shale gas exploration and extraction/recovery processes.
Best Regards, John Cascadden