We want to thank everyone who came out for our phenomenally successful Walk the Block on Monday night. About 200 people walked the streets of Hillsborough. It was an awesome night with positive energy, song and dance.
Hillsborough council passed a resolution calling upon the Government of New Brunswick to stop all approved gas and oil activities; withdraw its approval of licenses to undertake the oil and gas exploration and development; and not renew existing licenses within 4km of village limits and 4 km from either of our water supplies, both above and below ground.
In doing this, Hillsborough joins communities in Memramcook, Sackville, Sussex Corner, Hampton and others who have taken similar positions.
Although this seems to be a statement for Hillsborough, it is also a statement for Albert County and for all rural communities in New Brunswick that do not want to become industrial zones.
Early on, our government stated publicly that they would ‘respect municipality wishes’ on such matters. (2019 Update…our current MLA/Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources is now saying the exact same thing, yet Premier Blaine Higgs forges on. We have not changed our position.)
There was a spot on CBC-TV with Jennifer Choi and a CBC article, as well (links below). Also, if you have online access to T&T, they did a great video, photo gallery and article on our request to the Health minister.
This issue is not just about our water. It is about our health, our environment, our lifestyle, property values – and about the future of our community. Research is now showing that oil/gas communities are worse off after the boom is over than they were before it started and that promises of economics and jobs have been overestimated. And that property values diminish, not only in development areas, but also in neighbouring communities.
What options would we have in 10 or 15 years when the rush for gas is over? People did not move here to live in a mining town. We’re not tree-huggers, nor are we against economics or bringing New Brunswickers home from out west. We’re property-owners and parents and should never have to apologize for caring about our children, our investments and about the place where we live.