For Immediate Distribution
MONCTON, NB – November 28, 2014 – Petitcodiac Riverkeeper wishes to congratulate the Town of Amherst, Nova Scotia for this past week’s well-informed decision by town councillors not to allow the disposal of treated wastewater from Atlantic Industrial Services’ (AIS) facilities located in Debert, Nova Scotia, in its municipal sewers. Petitcodiac Riverkeeper says this decision clearly demonstrates the municipal councillors’ awareness of environmental hazards in the proposed plan. The organizations believes disposing the treated wastewater in the sewage system would likely cause many problems in the region’s watersheds, affecting the LaPlanche, Memramcook and Petitcodiac rivers, and even the Bay of Fundy.
Petitcodiac Riverkeeper acknowledges the courage shown by the Town of Amherst to rule against AIS’ project. The organization wishes to thank the town councillors for putting water quality, and thus the health of the environment and of its citizens, first. The Riverkeepers hope this decision will inspire Dieppe’s city councillors, which have also been approached by AIS for the disposal of its wastewater. Neither decision nor final answer has yet been communicated to AIS by the City of Dieppe, which is currently waiting for the results from the province of NB’s environmental impact assessment.
Petitcodiac Riverkeeper is a non-profit organization. It’s main objective is to restore the ecological health of the Petitcodiac and Memramcook River watersheds, including the Shepody Bay estuary, located in southeastern New Brunswick. The Petitcodiac Riverkeeper is part investigator, scientist, educator and advocate. The Petitcodiac Riverkeeper acts as a public voice for our waterways, protecting our right to clean water and a healthy watershed.