The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs are against Colchester County’s approval to discharge fracking wastewater into the municipal sewer system.

The Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia have been extremely vocal on their concerns on hydraulic fracturing and its potential effects to the environment.
“The Chiefs are adamant that discussions need to happen about the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing before any decisions are made,” said Chief Gerard Julian, Co-Chair of the Assembly and Lead Chief of Energy. “We have provided our concerns to all levels of government and will continue to work to ensure that our lands and waters are protected.”

The Assembly has been in constant contact with the Provincial government on their comprehensive review on the impacts of hydraulic fracturing which is currently underway. The Mi’kmaq have been told that the results of this review are not expected until mid-2014 and that the province would put a hold on any fracking activity until the study is complete.

The Chiefs feel that the decision of the Municipality is premature, as they are not fully informed on the impacts of their decision without the results of this study.

“The primary concern for the Mi’kmaq is to avoid any irreparable harm to the environment,” continued Chief Julian. “This water will eventually find its way into the Bay of Fundy and as of yet there is no real way of knowing if it will have affects on our fish and wildlife.”

The Chiefs will be meeting to explore options for appealing the Municipality’s decision on behalf of the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia.

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