The Alton Natural Gas Storage Project has been successfully delayed by grassroots Mi'kmaq water protectors and allies for more than six years. A recent decision by the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia determined that the province did not adequately consult with the Sipekne'katik First Nation. The ruling overturned the provincial approval for the project and ordered 120 days of consultation to begin after the COVID crisis has eased, or when a mutually agreed upon consultation arrangement can be made.
While we're not quite there yet, we are closer than ever to protecting sacred places and Indigenous rights and saying goodbye to Alton Gas forever. The Supreme Court has affirmed that treaty rights cannot be overlooked. Governments cannot proceed without the prior informed consent of Indigenous Peoples.
We know that the federal government knows this project would break the Fisheries Act and harm the fish in the river. Rather than challenge the company to meet the standard of the law, the federal government has chosen to pursue new regulations under the Fisheries Act to accommodate Alton Gas, the corporation behind the project. The case on these regulations is still open, and we must continue to watch this process to ensure that Environment Canada doesn't create regulations to enable the dangerous Alton Gas project to go ahead.
To read more about the details of this project and the many risks it poses to Mi'kmaq rights, the Shubenacadie River and the fish within it, the global climate, and our democracy, check out the 'related articles' on the right side of this page.