This morning, the Council of Canadians sent a letter to Nova Scotia Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau, requesting that Nova Scotia Environment (NSE) terminate Colchester’s approval for Atlantic Industrial Services (AIS) to discharge fracking wastewater into the Debert sewage system in order to protect the drinking water, public health and the surrounding ecosystem of the County.
According to Colchester County’s approval of AIS’ request, the “approval is subject to review and can be amended or terminated at any time if... directed to do so by NSE...”
There are a number of concerns with the approval from Colchester County, including:
- Health and safety concerns with fracking and fracking waste
- The approval violates the Environment Act
- Transparency and right to information
- Duty to consult with Indigenous communities
Thank you for send letters demanding that the N.S. Government disallow the releasing of toxic waste into the Debert sewage system and on to the Chiganois River, Cobequid Bay and the Bay of Fundy.
Copy of sample letter:
Dear Minister Belliveau,
I have serious concerns that Atlantic Industrial Services (AIS) could release toxic waste into the environment, and ask that you intervene and stop this from going ahead. Colchester County’s approval indicated that the "approval to discharge is subject to review and can be amended or terminated at any time if...directed to do so by Nova Scotia Environment or any other agency or department having jurisdiction to issue such a directive."
Additionally, given your government is currently conducting a review of fracking in the province, it would be irresponsible and premature to allow the discharge of the fracking wastewater before the review is completed and before fracking waste management technology in Nova Scotia is fully understood.
I ask that you terminate the approval, consult with the public on how to safely dispose of the existing fracking wastewater at the AIS Debert facility, and implement a ban on fracking in the province.