N.W.T. MLA questions neutrality of fracking info sessions

An N.W.T. MLA is questioning whether the information on fracking being provided at workshops in the Sahtu region is unbiased.

Workshops led by group representing oil-and-gas-producing First Nations

An N.W.T. MLA is questioning whether the information on fracking being provided at workshops in the Sahtu region is unbiased.

Oil and gas giant ConocoPhillips hopes to start using the controversial process at two wells in the region this winter.

Bob Bromley, MLA for Weledeh, is questioning whether the information on fracking being provided at workshops in the Sahtu region is unbiased.

The information sessions are being funded partly by the GNWT.

"Could the minister please explain why the people hired to conduct these sessions are all representative of oil producers?" Bob Bromley, MLA for Weledeh, asked in the legislative assembly Monday.

The workshops are being led by the Indian Resource Council, an Alberta-based organization that represents oil and gas producing First Nations, primarily in Western Canada, and they're being offered in partnership with ConocoPhillips.

David Ramsay, minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment, described the Indian Resource Council as a neutral third party.

"They were brought in at the request of the people in Fort Good Hope," he said.

Ramsay also said he's open to holding more public forums, so that people in the Sahtu can make informed decisions about their resources. 

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