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NEWS: Coalition calls for new assessment of Highway 5 extension

The Ottawa Citizen reports that, “A community coalition wants the Quebec government to order a new environmental assessment of the proposed extension of Highway 5 to Wakefield. The group, SOS Wakefield, has joined forces with the University of Ottawa-Ecojustice Environmental Law Clinic, the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society in a bid to protect a local water source which they believe will be affected by the expansion of the highway. The group says they believe that the highway extension is based on an out-of-date assessment that dates back to 1986.”

“The coalition notes that a federal report indicated the Vallée Verde aquifer is at risk from road salt contamination and the rock cuts planned for highway construction. But they seek more information about the potential impact on the Wakefield spring, which supplies potable water for about 5,000 people.”

Council of Canadians organizer Mark Calzavara spoke at this morning’s media conference.

The full article is at http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Coalition+calls+assessment+Highway+extension/4057405/story.html.