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NEWS: Giles calls for ban on treating fracking waste water in Nova Scotia

Council of Canadians Atlantic regional organizer Angela Giles

Halifax-based Council of Canadians organizer Angela Giles speaks out against fracking waste water being run through municipal sewage treatment plants, as happened recently in Windsor, Nova Scotia.

The Chronicle Herald reports, “A national citizens group is seeking a provincial ban on the treatment of fracking waste water. The call from the Council of Canadians came Friday, days after it was revealed that seven million litres of fracking waste water went through Windsor’s sewage treatment plant between March 2010 and August 2011, was subsequently processed and then pumped into the Minas Basin before the province put a stop to it. …In an interview Saturday, Angela Giles, the Atlantic regional organizer for the Council of Canadians, said she was surprised ‘not only that the Windsor municipality had allowed for this fracking waste water to go through their sewage system, but also that (Nova Scotia’s environment minister) was confident, despite the fact that there was no testing, that it was fine.'”

The article continues, “The province has implemented a moratorium on fracking, pending the conclusion of a review into the practice expected in 2014. However, millions of litres of water already used in hydraulic fracturing in the province are in holding ponds in places like Kennetcook and Noel. Giles said the group is seeking a moratorium on the treatment of that water ‘until we have a better sense of what those repercussions are of just putting it right back into the system.'”

The full article is at http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/151808-ban-urged-on-treatment-of-waste-water. A campaign blog on this can be read at http://canadians.org/blog/?p=17280.