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Time for a second look at Alton Gas – The Coast Halifax

Will our new environment minster reconsider water protection?

L ast week, news came down that we have a new environment minister: Gordon Wilson has replaced Margaret Miller.

We welcome a fresh set of eyes on this important file. Minister Wilson arrives at a critical time to do right by Mi’kmaq communities dealing with environmental racism—from Pictou Landing First Nation’s long struggle to make Northern Pulp accountable, to the debacle that is the proposed Alton Natural Gas Storage project.

Just before her departure, Margaret Miller re-affirmed Alton Gas’ industrial approval, asserting that consultation with Mi’kmaq rights holders had been “sufficient,” and that the science demonstrates “no impact” to the Sipekne’katik (Shubenacadie) River ecosystem. Both of these assertions are flawed in our view.

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