NFU Presentation on PEI’s Draft Water Act

Presented by Edith Ling and Doug Campbell, April 10, 2017

The National Farmers Union (NFU) appreciates this opportunity to comment on the 2017 draft of the PEI Water Act. We will begin by addressing what we see as omissions, followed by concerns about wording and intent. Then we will conclude with an expression of our appreciation for some aspects of the draft which we find hopeful. Most of what we have to say is based on the NFU’s recommendations to the PEI Environmental Advisory Council on November 3, 2015.

What is Missing

For the NFU the first and most obvious omission is that there is no indication of intent to maintain a moratorium on high capacity wells. From our perspective and given the community outcry during the 2015-2016 consultations, this seems almost outrageous. For real future control on high capacity wells it is imperative that this be in the Act.

We expected that the Act would establish a permanent ban on fracking. This omission indicates to us a lack of understanding of the potential threat of fracking to the quantity and quality of PEI water. Islanders need to be assured that no future government would approve hydraulic fracturing as a natural gas extraction process within PEI’s jurisdiction. Continue reading

A Water Act for PEI – Submission by the NFU Region 1, District 1

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The National Farmers Union, District 1, Region 1
Submission concerning The Development of the PEI Water Act
Presented to the PEI Environmental Advisory Council
November 3, 2015

The National Farmers Union (NFU) appreciates this opportunity to add our voice to many others
concerning the intent and content of the PEI Water Act. We compliment the PEI Environmental
Advisory Council for conducting an open process to receive the input of many groups and
individuals. It has been a great relief and a joy to hear Islanders from many diverse sectors expressing what we have promoted since our founding in 1969. These sectors include long-time associates such the environmental movement and social justice organizations, all of us inspired by the teachings of the Mi’kmaq people. Continue reading