No Drilling Lethbridge is hosting an old fashioned family picnic to recognize community spirit and volunteer effort from 5 – 9pm this evening at the Rotary Picnic Shelter at the Lethbridge Sports Park (28th Street and 30th Avenue North). All residents of Lethbridge are invited to attend and help celebrate the success of No Drilling Lethbridge’s campaign to prevent Goldenkey Oil from drilling within our municipal boundaries. There will be free hotdogs and refreshments while supplies last and a campfire jam. This is a come and go event or feel free to stay the whole evening. The campaign was a success due to many hard-working volunteers, letter writers, ralliers, business owners who hosted the petition, elected officials and community organizations who were willing to make public statements opposing the drilling plans, and a community that united around this issue.
Since Goldenkey has announced that they will no longer pursue their plans to drill in West Lethbridge, No Drilling Lethbridge will be taking a hiatus. We encourage the people of Lethbridge to stay vigilant to prevent another oil/gas company from making plans to drill within our city. Although Goldenkey Oil backed down, the AB government has still done nothing to prevent the threat of urban drilling. Concerned residents can call AB Energy to check on the status of mineral leases or the AER to see if an energy company has plans to drill.
We have not gone away. No Drilling Lethbridge will come out of hiatus and reactivate if drilling plans are announced within the municipal boundaries of Lethbridge and/or further mineral licenses and leases are acquired. We will remain true to our mandate to prevent oil and gas drilling in our city. The No Drilling Lethbridge Facebook page will continue to provide general information on the relevant subjects and folks are encouraged to keep posting and commenting. Those with signs are encouraged to keep them in case they are required in the future.
Those who wish to work on or stay informed on related issues of urban drilling/fracking/water protection are encouraged to contact Kainai Lethbridge Earth Watch, the Council of Canadians, or Greensence.