Two Sides of the Pipelines Debate: What’s the Controversy?

Mon, Aug 27, 2018

Vancouver, B.C. — Defusing conflict between increasingly polarized groups about pipelines is at the heart of an upcoming free talk in Vancouver.


Andrew Frank, a Kwantlen Polytechnic University environmental protection and public relations instructor, will tackle the opposing views and also takes a look at what is behind the debate at the KPU-Science World Speaker Series, Pipelines in BC: What’s Behind the Controversy?


Conflict over pipelines lies at the meeting point of a number of important environmental, economic and social issues that are closely valued by Canadians, says Frank.


“The pipeline debate in Canada is becoming increasingly polarized and the opposing social actors often use rhetoric and make claims that are not objective,” he says.


Frank says pipelines and their associated controversies are excellent case studies for exploring differing worldviews as they relate to the environment and society. He says the talk is a chance to discuss the science behind the debate and better understand the positions of those debating the pipeline development.


“The audience will have an opportunity to make up their own minds as citizens on this topic of increasing national importance,” he adds.


This free talk is part of the KPU-Science World Speaker Series, a partnership that supports the expansion of science in our communities. The series hopes to engage, entertain and educate guests with fascinating insights into the world of science. This is the first event in the 2018-19 season of the speaker series and it takes place at Science World on August 29 from 6 – 9 p.m. The talk begins at 7:30 p.m.


For more information about the speaker series, visit



Note: a photo of Andrew Frank and the KPU-Science World Speaker Series logo is available on the KPU News Flickr

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