A six-year struggle by Roxanne Walsh and Julie Walker to get independent testing done of Sheep River water and of soil and sediment near the industrial landfill for the historic and decommissioned Turner Valley Gas Plant has taken a dramatic turn. The Turner Valley residents have retained the legal services of University of Calgary Law Professor Shaun Fluker and the Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Clinic that he oversees and teaches at the law school.
Mr. Fluker had several years of experience as a private sector lawyer before joining the U of C Faculty of Law in 2007. He teaches environmental law and administrative law. Mr. Fluker has published several articles in the environmental law area in journals such as the Alberta Law Review, Journal of Environmental Law and Practice and Journal of Human Rights Law and the Environment and has contributed chapters to several books. He has appeared at all levels of court in the province and also before tribunals such as the Environmental Appeal Board. The law clinic he oversees comprises a team of up to 12 law students and represents clients who require pro bono legal services to advance public interest claims in the field of energy and environmental law.
Brian Seaman of the Brian Seaman Agency is handling media relations for this matter. Mr. Seaman says: “Ms. Walsh and Ms. Walker are delighted that Mr. Fluker and his clinic have agreed to assume carriage of this file. Mr. Fluker brings a depth of knowledge, years of experience, and a nimble mind and is deft on his feet in legal argument. Albertans’ right to know their water is safe is of critical interest. Mr. Fluker and his team will help ensure this public interest is protected.”