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Anti-frackinggroupsdisrespectingSahtulandclaimMLAlandcorp.criticizeYellowknifeinterestsinCanolplayPoliticsEnergy7TuesdayApril292014ByMEAGANWOHLBERGYellowknife-basedgroupsopposedtofrack-ingintheSahturegionneedtobuttoutandleavedeci-sionstothemanagementregimesetupthroughtheregionslandclaimsac-cordingtolocallandcor-porationsandtheregionsMLAwhorespondedtocallsforapublicreviewlastweek.AletterwritingcampaignspurredbyacoalitionofEcologyNorthAlterna-tivesNorthandtheNWTCouncilofCanadianskickedoffearlierthismonthinre-sponsetoanapplicationbyHuskyEnergytohorizon-tallydrillandhydraulicallyfractureuptofourexplor-atorywellsthiswinternearNormanWells.TheletterspilingupattheSahtuLandandWaterBoardSLWBofcein-cludingonefromWeledehMLABobBromleycallforafullenvironmentalassess-mentoftheproposalwhichifapprovedwouldmarkthesecondtimehorizontalfrackinghasoccurredintheterritory.Inthepastreferralstoen-vironmentalassessmentattheexploratoryphasehavetendedtozzleoutoilandgasdevelopmentdueto-nancialuncertainty.SahtuMLANormanYakeleyasaiditisnottheplaceofpeoplelivingout-sidetheSahtutoattempttocontroltheregionsdestinyespeciallywithoutprovid-inganeconomicalterna-tivetothepeoplelivingtherewhostrugglewithunemploymentandwanttoendtheirdependenceongovernment.Youhavepeopleoutsidetheregiontellingushowtoliveourlivesandnotre-spectingthepeopleintheSahtu-notrespectingthelandclaimshesaid.TheSahtupeoplehavetheabil-itytocreatetheirowneco-nomicfreedomWecer-tainlydontpokeournoseinotherregions.Yakeleyasaidtheco-managementregimeestab-lishedthroughtheSahtuDeneandMtiscompre-hensivelandclaimagree-mentaidedbytherecentlycompletedlanduseplanfortheregionhasjurisdictionandismorethancapableofmakingsounddecisionswhenitcomestoindustrialdevelopmentregulationandnegotiatingimpactben-efitsforthepeople.Wehavethemecha-nismsinplaceitsnotlikethewildwestchuckwagonsandcattle.Wevegottermsandconditionsthatweresetbythepeo-pleintheSahtuhesaid.ThatswhywehavethelandclaimsowecoulddobusinessinthewaythatSahtupeoplefeeltheyhavesomesenseofcontrolandownershipanddecision-makingauthorities.ThatsentimentwasechoedlastweekbytheTulitaDistrictLandCorp.TDLCrepresentingDeneandMtislandclaimsgroupsinNormanWellsandTulitawhichtoldtheSLWBitfullysupportstheexplorationofthisworldclassshaleoilresourceonSahtulands.wholiveoutsideofourter-ritorywillcontroloureco-nomicdestinyHallsaid.DiscontentwithinregionNotalloppositiontofrackingiscomingfromoutsidetheregion.Yake-leyatabledapetitionear-lierthisyearinthelegisla-turesignedby120residentscallingforaregionalvotetodeterminewhetherornotthecontroversialdrillingpracticeshouldbepermit-tedinthearea.arerelatedtopeoplewhoownbusinessesthatcouldbenetfromoilandgasdevelopment.ThatstheviewofSheilaKarkagieaTulitaresidentwhoauthoredthepetitionopposedtofrackingintheregion.Thereissomuchop-positionandonlyalittlehandfulofleadersontheTulitaLandandFinancialCorp.madethedecisionforusshetoldTheJour-nalearlierthisyear.Theyownbusinessesandstandtobenetsotheywereinaconictofinterest.Thisistoobigadecisionforthemtomakeforus.CouncilofCanadiansco-chairLoisLittlesaidmakingitaYellowknifevs.Sahtuissuemissesthepoint.Thisisnotaboutwholiveswhereoraboutpeoplemakingdecisionsforothers.Itisaboutaskingforapro-cesswhereeveryonehasavoiceresearchcanbeeval-uatedandthebestdecisioncanbemadeshesaid.Weallhaveastakeindemocraticprocessesandinprotectingwaterourlifesource.PubliccommentontheHuskyapplicationclosedonMondayApr.28.TheSahtuLandandWaterBoardnowhasuntilMay19todecideifitwillapprovetheapplicationorreferittoenvironmentalassessment.YouhavepeopleoutsidetheregiontellingushowtoliveourlivesandnotrespectingthepeopleintheSahtu-notrespectingthelandclaims.TheSahtupeoplehavetheabilitytocreatetheirowneconomicfreedomWecertainlydontpokeournoseinotherregions.SahtuMLANormanYakeleyaItisourinherentrighttodevelopresourcesinouran-cestrallandsstatedapressreleasefromLandCorp.CEORichardHalllastweek.Hallsaidlocalorganiza-tionsareworkingwithter-ritorialandfederalgovern-mentsalongwithindustrytoensuredevelopmentisbeingdoneresponsiblywithrespectfortheenvironmentandeconomicgrowthforthepeople.TheTDLCwhileitre-spectstheopinionsofthoseWhileYakeleyanotedsuchdiscontentexistshesaiditneedstobedirectedlocallythroughthelandclaimor-ganizationsincludingthereviewboards.Thisisadecisionthatwasmadebylandclaimcorpora-tionsandtheyagreedtoopenthelandfornominations...forexploringforenergyhesaid.StillthemostvocalcriticsoffrackingintheSahtusaythelandcorporationsarebiasedandataconictofinterestsincemanyofthedirectorsNaturalgasarestoatmosphereattheConocoPhillipsfrackingsitenearNormanWellslastwinter.ConcernthattheprojectdidnotgotoenvironmentalassessmenthasmanygroupscallingforapublicreviewofanewapplicationbyHuskyEnergy.PhotoRogerOdgaardFacebook