News Release

REF NO.: 113

SUBJECT: Memorial University's Harris Centre hosts public forum on hydraulic fracturing

DATE: February 10, 2015

Memorial University’s Harris Centre will host a Memorial Presents public forum on the environmental risks and policy implications of hydraulic fracturing at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the Civic Centre in Corner Brook.

Dr. Michael Quinn, Talisman Energy chair and director of the Institute for Environmental Sustainability at Mount Royal University in Calgary, AB, and Dr. Stephen Tomblin, professor in the departments of Political Science and Medicine (Community Health) at Memorial University, will each give a presentation and take questions from the audience.

The event, which will be webcast live, is part of a two-day series on the topic. Following the evening event, the Harris Centre, in partnership with the Environmental Policy Institute, Grenfell Campus, will host a one-day workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 11. The purpose is to bring together local residents with various perspectives on hydraulic fracturing to discuss the issue in a non-partisan manner. The event will begin with a panel featuring, Dean Ball, mayor of Deer Lake; Anne Marceau, Fracking Awareness Network of Newfoundland and Labrador; and Chris Noseworthy, Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade.

“The practice of hydraulic fracking is under review in Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Mike Clair, associate director, public policy, with the Harris Centre. “As the university’s hub for public policy and regional development, we felt it was timely to bring people from the community together to engage in discussion on the topic, and begin to identify areas requiring further research.”

The Harris Centre links Memorial faculty, students, and staff with groups across Newfoundland and Labrador, supporting active community engagement throughout the research process. Working with all units at Memorial, the Harris Centre builds connections, encourages informed debate and supports collaboration to enhance the province through mutually beneficial partnerships.

The Environmental Policy Institute (EPI) is an initiative of Memorial University’s Grenfell Campus. EPI is an inclusive and transdisciplinary community whose activities include analyzing current environmental policies, exploring innovative solutions, conducting, co-ordinating and disseminating research widely to both academic and general public audiences and developing provincial capacity in environmental policy.

Please visit www.mun.ca/harriscentre for details.

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