UPDATED: Group to hold 'frackdown' in Stephenville on Thursday

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UPDATE: This event's location has been changed. It will now take place at the Stephenville Lions Club.

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Joe Wiseman and Rev. Kathryn Vance are facilitating a “frackdown” in Stephenville on Thursday.

This is an event to challenge hydraulic fracturing, or fracking – a technique using millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals to break open shale rock deep underground.

Mr. Wiseman said the event will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Mayfield soccer pitch and Stephenville Dome.

He said the main aim of the event is to support people in New Brunswick who are protesting against gas-hydraulic fracturing in their province. Mr. Wiseman said for him, the desire to hold the event came from a photograph of a New Brunswick protester on his knees just before being arrested by the RCMP.

"This image tells us there is something seriously wrong in our country when the right to freedom of speech is being squelched," Mr. Wiseman said.

He said the frackdown is also to further support students in British Columbia who are demonstrating in solidarity of the protesters in New Brunswick.

"We're inviting anyone on the west coast of Newfoundland to come and support this event. People are not allowed to peacefully protest in New Brunswick and a newspaper reporter was arrested for being on the scene of a protest," Mr. Wiseman said.

At the frackdown, another issue will be a call for a total ban on hydraulic fracturing Canada-wide.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: New Brunswick, Stephenville, British Columbia Newfoundland Canada

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