The Village of Hillsborough has a population of about 1300 people. We are a prime agricultural and tourism area within the Bay of Fundy Biosphere Reserve, and also on unceded Mi’gmaq territory.
Our village water supply comes from two 200m wells and these wells lie within lands leased for oil and gas development. With our complex geology and past history of mining, we felt this was a scenario of deep concern.
In 2006, our village drilled 29 wells looking for a reliable, clean water supply. They drilled an additional 6 wells seeking a backup source. Today, village employees devote many hours to ensuring these wells remain viable.
Both wells are within 1.5 km of Contact Exploration’s Hopewell well pad B-55.
WEPAC received endorsement from the Hillsborough Municipal Council to explore this issue on the village’s behalf. Since then, the village called for a moratorium to halt all work within 4km of village limits. This was followed by a provincial moratorium placed by the Liberal government in 2014, but the threat remains until a ban is legislated.
We will continue ‘Protecting What’s Important’.
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