Yesterday, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court upheld an injunction from Alton Gas barring Mi’kmaq water protectors from protecting their land and water.
As described on the Stop Alton Gas website, “Alton Gas has a hugely destructive plan to create salt caverns in which to store natural gas, by dumping the equivalent of 3,000 tons of hard salt into the Shubenacadie River every day. This massive 50-year project would seriously harm the river ecosystem and put the health, livelihoods and rights of the Mi’kmaq people at risk. It is also in contravention of the Fisheries Act, which prohibits the deposit of ‘deleterious substances’ into water frequented by fish.”
The project did not meet consultation requirements with local indigenous communities. “In January 2017, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court ruled that Sipekne’katik First Nation was not properly consulted during the environmental assessment process. This consultation has still not occurred,” the website notes.