Barlow to challenge Shell over environmental record

MEDIA RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 2, 2008

Barlow to challenge Shell over environmental record

Toronto – Recipient of the Canadian Environment Award’s Citation of Lifetime Acheivement award, Maude Barlow will use a portion of her keynote address to highlight the impacts of the petrochemical industry on the environment and health, particularly of First Nations communities, in Canada.

Read Maude Barlow’s keynote address (PDF)

Before delivering her speech, Barlow will join protesters gathered outside the event to denounce Shell’s sponsorship of the event.

“The Aamjiwnaang Environment Committee in Sarnia has documented numerous health problems within their community as a result of the operations of petrochemical corporations like Shell, says the national chairperson of the Council of Canadians. “Sarnia alone produces more greenhouse gases than the entire province of British Columbia.”

Barlow will also draw attention to Shell’s plan to destroy the shared headwaters of BC’s Skeena, Nass and Stikine rivers – known as the Sacred Headwaters – by drilling for coal bed methane gas. In November 2007, Council of Canadians chapters participated in a day of action against Shell’s operations in the Sacred Headwaters.

“The type of mining that Shell is proposing in B.C. is a highly invasive process that produces enormous volumes of toxic water,” says Barlow.

Barlow will be donating the award money to the Sacred Headwaters to support their struggle to protect the ancient fishing grounds.

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For more information, contact: Meera Karunananthan Media Officer: 613.233.4487 ext. 234 cell :613.795.8685; meera@canadians.org