Editor: Many years ago I was sent out to interview a woman who was asking for compensation for the sickness and death of her husband who she claimed suffered from silicosis. Nowadays great attention is paid to anyone working removing the insulation from old schools or buildings built during that era (the old Montague High School).
That miner died from the effects of working in an atmosphere where he breathed the stuff that the insulation that is now being carefully removed was made of.
I was working on a degree in Social Work at UBC and this interview was part of a provincial "investigation" into the viability of this gutsy woman's case. I'm smarter now than I was then. I was not impressed with her case because I couldn't believe that my government would put people at risk.
I have learned that our governments often choose a short-term way of dealing with finances, they will go forward without any thought for the health of the land and its people. I think we have seen that they put too much reliance on any slick industry that things will go safely.
On Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the Murphy Centre in Charlottetown at 7 p.m., ‘Don’t Frack P.E.I.’ is sponsoring a public meeting to give a picture of the dangerous activity of fracturing the deeply lying shale layer to give up its gas. Those of us who feel we should have a say on how much we care for and depend on our precious aquifers which will be poisoned by the method of fracking can gain information at this meeting.
Teresa Doyle has written a song and she and Eliza Knockwood will sing it for us. Some hard facts will be part of a talk by Prof. Peter Clancy of St. F.X. Come to add your voice and discuss organizing our neighbours, our communities, our province to let the government know we oppose degrading our land and poisoning our water resources.