September 29, 2015
Halifax – The case for hydraulic fracturing in New Brunswick will receive a new boost this October as the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) invites renowned energy expert Michael Binnion to discuss fracking as the best green technology available in today’s energy market.
Titled Hydraulic Fracturing as Green Technology: The case for sustainable prosperity, the current president and CEO of Questerre Energy Corporation will address greater regional prosperity through increased investment and jobs for New Brunswickers. Binnion will also discuss environmental concerns, drawing attention to water and seismic data and general safety issues.
“My experience in Quebec shows there is a false dichotomy between environment and economics,” says Binnion. “If anything, I hope my experience and the dramatic success in the United States and Western Canada shows how modern technology and proper regulations could also expand prosperity in New Brunswick.”
AIMS president Marco Navarro-Genie is hailing Binnion’s speech as a powerful economic and environmental game changer in the current debate.
“To have someone of Mr. Binnion’s calibre bring a rational perspective to the hydraulic fracturing issue in New Brunswick is exactly the kind of thinking we need,” says Navarro-Genie. “We expect his talk will spur debate based on facts, not emotional argumentation that has driven discussion in the past.”
Navarro-Genie stresses the importance of Binnion’s talk as one grounded in science and driven by reason, not passion.
“This is also an opportunity to delve into the green, technical safety aspects of hydraulic fracturing while incorporating sound economics,” added Navarro-Genie.
The luncheon event is scheduled for Friday, October 30 at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Moncton. Only 200 tickets will be sold at a price of $50.00. Registration begins at 11:15 a.m. People are encouraged to register online at www.aims.ca.
Mr. Binnion is a founding shareholder of Questerre and has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Questerre Energy Corp., since November 2000. He has been actively involved in the financing and executive management of numerous private and public companies over the last 16 years through his investment company, Rupert’s Crossing Inc. He is active in policy discussions and advocacy, speaking often about economic benefits of Canada’s energy sector, which includes the value of hydraulic stimulation to extract shale gas.
The Atlantic Institute for Market Studies is a Canadian non-profit, non-partisan research institute that provides a distinctive Atlantic Canadian perspective on economic, political, and social issues. The Institute seeks to stimulate public debate with well-considered argument and evidence-based data. AIMS sets the benchmark on public policy by drawing together the most innovative thinking available from some of the world’s foremost experts and applying that thinking to the challenges facing Canadians.
To register for the event, please visit www.aims.ca.
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