Trudeau blasted in House over handling of N.S. natural gas project

Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw woman says government ‘continues to oppress our people’ on Alton Gas project

Hannah Martin, a member of Nova Scotia’s Millbrook First Nation, asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the controversial Alton Gas project in her home province during the Daughters of the Vote event in Ottawa. (CBC)

A Mi’kmaw woman from Nova Scotia criticized Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government’s handling of a controversial natural gas project at an event Wednesday on Parliament Hill.

Alton Gas plans to store natural gas in underground caverns located north of Halifax at Fort Ellis. The company plans to pump water from the Shubenacadie River to an underground site 12 kilometres away, where it will be used to flush out salt deposits and create up to 15 caverns.

The leftover brine solution would then be pumped back into the river over two or three years.

“I’m here to condemn the behaviour of the Canadian government, who continues to oppress our people and to oppress our grandmothers who are on the [Shubenacadie] River, living according to our traditional ways of life as Mi’kmaw people,” said Hannah Martin, who is originally from Tatamagouche, N.S., and a member of Millbrook First Nation.

Protesters have gathered at the site for several years, arguing that the plan poses dangers to the traditional fisheries of the Mi’kmaq and risks harming the river used by Indigenous populations for thousands of years.  MORE

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