Is moratorium now dead deal?

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Editor: We must take more seriously the present direction of this government. I’m referring to the probable removal of the moratorium on deep-water wells as asked for by the potato industry. On CBC Compass (Jan. 21) Janice Sherry, Minister of the Environment, stated she had received reports dealing with the issues concerning deep wells. The interviewer asked if she would make them public? No, she replied, they are only for her.

Now I could be wrong but it appears the lifting of this moratorium is a done deal. We have George Webster sitting on the panel that will decide the issue. Anyone think that strange? Isn’t Webster a potato farmer? Then we have two defeated Liberals working on behalf of the potato industry lobbying for the lifting of the moratorium. Does this not all seem just a little bit slanted in favour of a large industrial corporation?

However, the seriousness of this dangerous issue is the fact that if it becomes a done deal, we can’t go back. This is about the very survival of our Island, we are risking the one life sustaining and precious resource for which all life depends on. If this government goes ahead with this reckless and irresponsible action it will be too late to reverse the damage it might cause.

Without water the island would become a wasteland. Is this really what our provincial government wants to do? What about future generations What sort of a mess will we leave to our children?

Finally, it’s difficult to understand why I even have to write this letter of protest. The interests of the provincial government should follow the same lines as the majority of Islanders. They should share our concerns and act on the promises made during their election campaigns.

It is time for Robert Ghiz and his government to stride out and try to regain the trust they have clearly lost. We do not need or can the island sustain deep-water wells simply because a few greedy corporations want to grow more potatoes.

F. Ben Rodgers,

Hunter River

Organizations: CBC Compass

Geographic location: Hunter River

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