Time to pull the plug on the Alton Gas Project

In 2007, the Nova Scotia government approved AltaGas’ plan to build a natural gas storage project. Known as the Alton Gas project, the company plans to drill into a Colchester County salt vein about 10 kilometres northeast of Stewiacke, flush out large caverns in the salt bed and dispose of the resulting brine by dumping it into the Shubenacadie River. Once the mining is complete, the company would fill the caverns with natural gas at incredibly high pressures.

I stand with Mi’kmaq water protectors, local residents, and allies from across Mi’kma’ki to reject the Alton Gas project because it:

  • Locks us into 50 years of gas storage and use.
  • Threatens the Shubenacadie River and its bountiful fish populations.
  • Risks groundwater for Brentwood and surrounding communities.
  • Disregards the Mi’kmaq Nation’s right to free, prior and informed consent.

The Alton Gas project threatens the environment, infringes on human rights, and continues to be built on expired and defunct permits.

It is time to pull the plug on the Alton Gas project!

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