Water Act Up for Debate

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Prince Edward Island’s Water Act was tabled in the provincial legislature on November 23. Debate started the following week. Environmental organizations including the Coalition for the Protection of PEI Water, of which the National Farmers Union (Region One, District One) is a member, have voiced concerns about some glaring omissions from the act, and are urging Islanders to let their MLAs know there are improvements to be made. Among those improvements:

  1. there should be a recognition of Indigenous title and jurisdiction to watersheds,

  2. the right to water should be explicitly stated,

  3. the fracking ban should be unconditional, and

  4. the moratorium for high capacity wells should be contained in the act

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