Green Party of New Brunswick
You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone
So many people in the world have lost their water to projects that promised prosperity but imposed untold personal, social and environmental costs.
Just ask the people of Penobsquis, New Brunswick, who lost their water to the potash mines in their midst. They had to fight the company and the provincial government for years to get even partial relief. Even though their wells were lost forever, the company stopped providing replacement water after a short time, and the high cost of hooking up to a public system was thrust back onto the homeowners.
TransCanada Corp’s proposed Energy East pipeline – which would carry mostly diluted bitumen from the Alberta tar sands to a new export terminal in Saint John – threatens to impose the same disaster on a huge swath of rural New Brunswick. Western Canada has seen many pipeline spills, most of which occurred on Aboriginals lands. Last year a Husky Oil pipeline spilled oil into the North Saskatchewan River, contaminating the water supply of tens of thousands of people.
The Penobsquis experience tells us that if a pipeline spill were to occur in rural New Brunswick, we can’t assume that the company or the government would ‘have our backs.’
New Brunswickers know how precious water is – we don’t have to wait until it’s gone to learn the hard lesson. It is time to stop building new oil and gas pipelines and to start the transition to a green energy future. That’s what the Green Party stands for – our water, our future.
President, Fredericton South Riding Association
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