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Sunday, June 24, 2012
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Preventing Hydraulic Fracking with the Precautionary Principle

Speaker: CAROLYN RAFFENSPERGEREnvironmental Attorney and Executive Director,Science and Environmental Health Network, http://www.sehn.org/Sponsored by: NEOGAP (Network for Oil & Gas Accountability & Protection); Cuyahoga County NEOGAP; Faith Communities Together (FACT) for Frac Awareness Ohio; FACT East Shore; Women Speak Out for Peace & Justice (Cleveland WILFP); NortheastOhio American Friends Service Committee (AFSC); People's Oil & Gas Collaborative- Ohio (POGCO); Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ); Cuyahoga County Concerned Citizens (CCCC); Northeast Ohio Sierra Club; Mothers Against Drilling in Our Neighborhoods (MADION) WHAT IS THE PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE The Science and Environmental Health Network is working to implement the precautionary principle as a basis for environmental and public health policy. The principle is defined in the 1998 Wingspread Statement on the Precautionary Principle: "When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically. In this context the proponent of an activity, rather than the public, should bear the burden of proof. The process of applying the precautionary principle must be open, informed and democratic and must include potentially affected parties. It must also involve an examination of the full range of alternatives, including no action." THE PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE SHOULD BE APPLIED TO HYDRAULIC FRACKING. In December 2001 the New York Times Magazine listed the principle as one of the most influential ideas of the year, describing the intellectual, ethical, and policy framework SEHN had developed around the principle. In June 2003, the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco became the first government body in the United States to make the precautionary principle the basis for all its environmental policy. For more information: 216-851-0968 or 330-928-2301Speaker: CAROLYN RAFFENSPERGEREnvironmental Attorney and Executive Director,Science and Environmental Health Network, http://www.sehn.org/Sponsored by: NEOGAP (Network for Oil & Gas Accountability & Protection); Cuyahoga County NEOGAP; Faith Communities Together (FACT) for Frac Awareness Ohio; FACT East Shore; Women Speak Out for Peace & Justice (Cleveland WILFP); NortheastOhio American Friends Service Committee (AFSC); People's Oil & Gas Collaborative- Ohio (POGCO); Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ); Cuyahoga County Concerned Citizens (CCCC); Northeast Ohio Sierra Club; Mothers Against Drilling in Our Neighborhoods (MADION) WHAT IS THE PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE The Science and Environmental Health Network is working to implement the precautionary principle as a basis for environmental and public health policy. The principle is defined in the 1998 Wingspread Statement on the Precautionary Principle: "When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically. In this context the proponent of an activity, rather than the public, should bear the burden of proof. The process of applying the precautionary principle must be open, informed and democratic and must include potentially affected parties. It must also involve an examination of the full range of alternatives, including no action." THE PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE SHOULD BE APPLIED TO HYDRAULIC FRACKING. In December 2001 the New York Times Magazine listed the principle as one of the most influential ideas of the year, describing the intellectual, ethical, and policy framework SEHN had developed around the principle. In June 2003, the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco became the first government body in the United States to make the precautionary principle the basis for all its environmental policy. For more information: 216-851-0968 or 330-928-2301

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