Your testimony is needed for the six sub-cases the Tribunal will hear

Communities in which fracking is planned or already underway are planning to hold Fact-Finding Hearings. These are informal gatherings in which community members can share their experiences and concerns about fracking. These stories will be recorded made available during the Tribunal’s plenary hearings in late 2017 or early 2018.

These Preliminary Fact Finding Hearings are an opportunity for impacted persons and communities to provide personal witness testimony about how fracking has impacted them. Fact Finding Hearings are much simpler affairs than the Tribunal itself, and much simpler than mini-tribunals. A retired judge or magistrate to conduct the hearing may be ideal but not necessary. A member of our PPT organizing team, or someone designated by us, could also conduct the hearings.

A Fact Finding Hearing begins with a very short explanation about the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on Human Rights and Fracking and then moves directly into hearing testimony in whatever form individuals might wish to provide it — spoken in person, written, audio- or video-recorded, by proxy, anonymously, with personal identification, or in any combination of these.

The hearing may last two or three hours, or a full day, or a couple days, depending on community preferences. Testimony will be recorded, stored in the Tribunal’s evidence data-base and made available to prosecuting attorneys at the Tribunal’s plenary hearings in March of 2017.

The whole event, organized by the impacted community, can be done simply and at minimal cost. A dignified setting for the hearing is preferable, but simpler settings are also acceptable. Media should be invited.

A Fact Finding Hearing like this could be a great tool for your community and just the forum needed to publicise your stories and make them available as evidence during the Tribunal’s plenary hearings.

If a Fact Finding Hearing of this sort might interest your community, please contact Tribunal organizers for more details.

The Tribunal’s Six Primary Sub-Cases are:

  1. The human health case will address the human rights dimensions of adverse impacts on all dimensions of human physical and mental health.
  2. The climate impacts case will address all the human rights dimensions, for both present and future generations, of fracking and climate change, including of governments’ continued subsidizing of fossil fuels.
  3. The environmental, ecosystem, hydrologic and seismicity cases will address the human rights dimensions of adverse environmental, ecosystem and wildlife impacts as well as impacts on air, surface water, groundwater and earthquakes.
  4. The fuels infrastructure case will address the human rights dimensions of exploration, drilling, fracking, extraction and delivery processes as well as of the infrastructure needed for transport, storage and export of product and waste (e.g., pipelines, storage facilities, waste treatment facilities, waste water disposal, LNG terminals, etc).
  5. The public participation case will include the human rights dimensions of public participation (or lack thereof) in decision-making about unconventional oil and gas exploration, extraction and policy-making.
  6. The social costs case will address the human rights dimensions of social and cultural impacts on individuals, families and communities.