Hi everyone,
As you know, I'm very involved in raising awareness of shale gas exploration/drilling and the consequences to health, the environment and our rural way of life. (I know that I don't want to live in or near an industrial pit that pours chemicals into the ground and air).
My own awareness has been raised by meeting the people of Penobsquis and hearing their stories first hand. They live in Gasland and will give tours so people can see what they will soon be facing. They do not want other communities to suffer what they have. I am circulating this email in hopes to raise awareness for Penobsquis. They are and have been fracking wells in Penobsquis, so when the government says it is proceeding slowly and cautiously what about Penobsquis (and Elgin).

If you haven't yet read "The Story of Water and Penobsquis," please do so at your earliest opportunity. It is a cautionary tale for all citizens of N.B. illustrating clearly where we will be if industry damages our private property. The government will side with industry as it has done with Potash Corporation. The Story of water is up here http://www.wepac.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/The-penobsquis-story.pdf

The shale gas industry has been granted leases over vast sections of our province. Its record in the U.S. and parts of Canada shows that air, water and quality of life all suffer.

In 2004 in Penobaquis, Potash Corporation conducted seismic testing which included the detonation of dynamite charges. At this time there were reports of homes shaking and muddy water from taps. Then the mines flooded and people lost wells and springs. The connection was made between these events by the residents as well as officials in the Dept. of Environment and local government. The onus was on the residents to prove it which is what they are still trying to do 7 years later. They have been blocked time and time again from gaining access to information they need to prove their case. They were finally given the information they had been requesting for MANY years this July, 2011. Public pressure may have been a factor. It is the classic David vs Goliath senario only Goliath is now a thousand times larger and the government has taken away David's slingshot and won't let him use any rocks.

Penobsquis is us and the outcome at the hearing is our outcome. If the affected people of Penobsquis are not fairly compensated for the damages to their property (which have rendered their homes unsaleable) then look into your own future should industry negatively impact your property.

The one thing that most of us here in NB have and hope to someday leave to our children is our home. Right now, this has been denied to the people of Penobsquis who are living in an unhealthy industralized area on land that has been rendered worthless by industry.

You can support Penobsquis in the following ways:

- if you can, attend the hearings with the Mining Commissioner. They resume Oct, 12, 13 and 14 October 2011 at the All Seasons Inn in Sussex, NB. It shows the mining commissioner, the government and the press that people are paying close attention to what is happening in this hearing. If you can't attend, please talk about the hearings and let others know what is going on.

- contribute to the Support Penobsquis fund. Donations can be made through the following site: http://www.canaryinstitute.ca/donate.html with charitable tax receipts issued. (Clarify that your donation is for Penobsquis)

- write to Premier Alward letting him know that you are concerned about the way the people of Penobsquis are being treated, that you will be watching closely the outcome of the Mining Commission Hearing

- write a letter to the editor expressing your concern about Penobsquis and how it has been treated by industry and government

-share this email with your friends via email, facebook, twitter

If you made it this far, thanks for reading.

Based on a report out of Hampton, seimic 'thumper' trucks were spotted on Highway #1 past marker 143 earlier this afternoon. They were last seen traveling in an eastwardly direction. Local residents and leaders from the region met later to discuss the presence of the vehicles. They ask friends and other citizens to be aware of the current situation on the highway outside of town and to begin building support against the intrusion of the shale and natural gas industries into their community and throughout our province.

On Tuesday October 11 at 3:30 pm there will be a peaceful demonstration at the Hampton sign "It's Our Nature" one km before the Hampton exit on the Saint John side.  No cars will be blocked and all actions will keep within the law.  Everyone who can make it is invited to join us in solidarity.  PLEASE let any media connections know.

The proposed Sisson Tungsten/Molybdenum/Copper mine near Stanley, New Brunswick, has the potential to create significant negative impact on and catastrophic risk for:

•    Atlantic salmon habitat vulnerable to changes in the hydrologic regime and heavy metal deposition.
•    The Nashwaak Watershed, a valuable economic and ecological resource, currently one of the post pristine watersheds in New Brunswick.
•    Wetland habitats.
•    Extensive areas of economically valuable hardwood and mixedwood Acadian Forest, a forest type under stress.
•    Human health and safety in the Nashwaak Watershed, and in the open-pit itself, due to an unacceptable level of risk of failure of the extensive and high tailing dams.
•    Human and ecological health due to air emissions of dust with elevated levels of arsenic and lead in an extensive area of the projected dust plume of this mine.

Action 1:

Join CCNB, Mining Watch Canada and the Sierra Club of Canada - Atlantic Chapter in requesting a review panel for the Sisson Tungsten/Molybdenum/Copper Open-Pit Mine. A petition asking for a review panel has also been drafted in case you want to circulate to your contacts.

You can send a letter requesting a review panel -- the highest level of Environmental Assessment -- to:

Hon. Peter Kent
Minister of Environment

Tara Oak, Project Manager, Sisson Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

Hon. Margaret-Ann Blaney
NB Minister of Environment

Hon. Keith Ashfield
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

cc - Mike Allen
MP for Tobique-Mactaquac

* If you would like to have your comments posted on this page, please cc your letters to us at forest@ccnbaction.ca You can find submissions in the bottom section of this page.

Action 2:

Concerns with the Draft Terms of Reference (TOR) for the Sisson Project Environmental Impact Statement are being accepted until October 3, 2011.

Please find 16 points of concern with the Draft Terms of Reference below. For those interested in finding out more about each concern and commenting, each concern is discussed in further detail here.

Comments can be sent to:

Hon. Peter Kent
Minister of Environment

Cc: Hon. Margaret-Ann Blaney
NB Minister of Environment

Hon. Keith Ashfield
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Tara Oak, Project Manager, Sisson Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

16 points of concern:

1.       Totally unacceptable level of project definition and scope at this stage of the EA/EIA, leaving the public and government at a severe disadvantage in commenting on the TOR.

2.       Inaccurate and incomplete articulation of proponent responsibilities with regard to cost/benefit analysis of all VECs.

3.       Unconstitutional articulation of proponent responsibilities to First Nations as defined in existing Treaties and the U.N. Declaration of Indigenous Rights.

4.       Inadequate acceptance of proponent responsibility to address the issues related to water quality under the Province of New Brunswick’s Water Classification Regulations.

5.       Inadequate requirements for proponent bonding to mitigate impacts of unexpected catastrophic events for which known risk factors are calculable based on historical performance of similar projects.

6.       Unacceptable requirements for proponent engagement and scrutiny in public consultation

7.       Inadequate acceptance of proponent responsibility to consider alternative ways of completing the project.

8.       Inadequate acceptance of proponent responsibility to consider the “do nothing” alternative to the project.

9.       Inadequate guidance on determining the project footprint at the Local Assessment Area (LAA) level.

10.   Inadequate guidance for a proper and effective HHERA(Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment).

11.   Inadequate requirement for peer review of scientific aspects of the TOR.

12.   Inadequate guidance on considering the historical record of mining in Canada, including its record of social irresponsibility, and its impacts on the integrity of rural communities.

13.   Unacceptable level of guidance on considering impacts of the environment on the project.

14.   Unacceptable level of guidance on considering reasonably predictable future combined impacts, either those of the current proponent or in combination with other projects.

15.  Unacceptable specification of the possible tailing facility.

16.   Unacceptable assumptions at this point in the process.
The Youth Environmental Action Network shale gas action group has been working very hard on a shale gas decleration. Click here, read the No Means No document.  We state our concerns in regards to hydraulic fracturing and declare that: "We the undersigned NB Youth groups call for a ban on shale gas exploration in NB because we are not willing to sacrifice the quality of OUR water, OUR air, OUR land and OUR health for some quick cash."
If your school youth group or community group, want to supports the deleration for a ban please add your group name to the document.

We thank you all for your support.
YEAN Shale Gas Action Group: Fredericton High School Environmental Committee, École Saint Anne comité environmental, Polyvalente W.A.Losier comité environnemental
If you are in support of the Nature Trust's work, please Vote here! to support one of our initiatives on Boars Head Nature Preserve. You can do it every day for next five days.

Nature Trust of New Brunswick (NTNB) is an incorporated, charitable land trust, founded in 1987. Since its early days the Nature Trust’s main goals have been to protect those areas in New Brunswick that are ecologically significant, and to educate New Brunswickers on the importance of land conservation and the province’s natural heritage. Boar’s Head Nature Preserve is a 27 hectare property located on Ragged Point Road, Saint John. In 2010, the Nature Trust developed a trail plan that would provide citizens with access to this natural area, however, this trail is not fully developed at the moment. This proposal seeks support for completion of the trail which would allow improved community access to Boar’s Head Nature Preserve. This in turn will increase recreational and educational opportunities for citizens and visitors of Saint John. The Nature Trust regularly leads nature hikes and guided walks on our Nature Preserves. A completed trail would mean we could better facilitate exploration of this natural area and educate the public on important ecological issues. The project would include trail layout and maintenance, installation of educational interpretive signs throughout the preserve that highlight the history and ecological significance of the area, and placement of an entrance sign that would welcome visitors and give trail information.
Paul Tukey of Safelawns is working with the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment to proclaim May 6th 2011, which is the 20th anniversary of Hudson Quebec’s cosmetic pesticide bylaw, as Dr. June Irwin Lawn Pesticide Awareness Day. The wording of the proclamation is below.
"We, the undersigned members of the North American health, environmental, landscape and farming communities, hereby proclaim Friday, May 6, 2011 as Dr. June Irwin Lawn Pesticide Awareness Day in honor of the pioneering doctor's leading role in passage of North America's lawn first pesticide ban in Hudson, Quebec, on May 6, 1991."

Signatories as of noon Tuesday, April 26
Advocate Precautionary Principle, Sarasota, Fla.
Alaska Community Action on Toxics, Anchorage, Alaska
BC Pathways, Victoria, BC
Beyond Pesticides, Washington, D.C.
Canadian Cancer Society, Vancouver, Ca.
Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, Toronto, Ont.
Citizens for a Green Camden, Camden, Maine
The Coalition of Organic Land Care Professionals, Seattle
EcoJustice, Toronto, Ca.
The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, Paonia, Co.
Environmental Health Fund, Jamaica Plain, Boston
Friends of Casco Bay, Portland, Maine
Farmworker Association of Florida, Apopka, Fla.
Galveston Baykeeper, Seabrook, Texas
Groundswell Stratford, Stratford, Ontario
Institute of the Environment, Ottawa, Ont.
Lawn Reform Coalition, Washington, D.C.
Leah Collective, Concord, N.H.
Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association, Unity, Maine
Manitoba Eco-Network, Winnipeg
Natural Resources Defense Council, New York
Ontario College of Family Physicians, Toronto
People’s Action for Threatened Habitats, Vancouver
Pesticide Action Network North America, San Francisco
Pesticide Free Zone, Kentfield, California
Pesticide Watch, Sacramento, California
Protect All Children’s Environment, Marion, N.C.
Rainfrog Amphibian Sanctuary, Roberts Creek, BC
Rachel Carson Council, Washington, D.C.
Safer Pest Control Project, Chicago, Ill.
The Sierra Club, Washington,D.C.

The SafeLawns Foundation, Newport, R.I.
Saskatchewan Environmental Society, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Stop Targeting Overuse of Pesticides, Victoria, BC
Toxics Action Center, Boston
Toxics Information Project, Providence, RI
Wildsight, Kimberley, BC

Paul J. Tukey, www.PaulTukey.com
Executive Producer, A Chemical Reaction, www.chemicalreactionmovie.com
National Spokesperson, https://touch.facebook.com/Safelawns.org/?__tn__=%2As-R
Associate Editor, MovieMaker magazine
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