NFU recommends moratorium on deep-water wells be maintained

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CHARLOTTETOWN -- The National Farmers’ Union, in its presentation to the Standing Committee on Agriculture, Environment, Energy and Forestry on Thursday reiterated its position that the moratorium on permits for high capacity wells should not be lifted. 

“Land and water are connected,” the NFU presentation read, in part. “Any time the NFU speaks of farmland, we make it clear that we are also speaking about all land, the water, woodlands, and the air we breathe. We are more convinced than ever that these are non-renewable natural resources which must be protected. They are not commodities to be exploited. Since our founding as a national organization, we have declared that these natural gifts were never meant to be bought and sold in the marketplace. They are meant to be cherished and protected for present and future generations.”

Among the five recommendations the MFU presented to the committee was one that the Government of P.E.I. direct the development of an enforceable water policy, which protects P.E.I. water for current and future generations. The organization argued there is no indication that extensive hydrological studies have been done in recent years which would support the lifting of the moratorium. It also referenced the presentation made by the Coalition for the Protection of PEI Water a week earlier in which it suggested there is a lack of believable and transparent science to support the removal of the moratorium.

The NFU charged that the voices in favour of lifting the moratorium are merely “spokespersons for the system of industrial agriculture.”

Other recommendations in the MFU presentation were that government steadfastly maintain the moratorium on permits; that it recognize the value to P.E.I. of all types of farming, not just potato production; that it promote mixed farming systems to gradually replace mono-culture production and thus increasing organic matter to the soil and protecting the water supply and quality; and that it create a commission on water, to involve Islanders from all walks of life to contribute to new parts for the protection of P.E.I. water.


Organizations: Coalition for the Protection of PEI Water

Geographic location: P.E.I.

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    March 08, 2014 - 10:08

    Congratulations NFU. You are commended for your stand against these deep water wells which are being pushed by Cavendish Farms through their many shills. You are absolutely correct when you say - "The NFU charged that the voices in favour of lifting the moratorium are merely “spokespersons for the system of industrial agriculture.” Keep up the good work and it would be nice if you took a stand on the fumigants that are being allowed to be put in use in Ascension strawberry fields. The potential for disaster to our drinking water and the air we breathe is too high a risk to take. Once the devil is released, there is no putting it back.

  • blair
    March 08, 2014 - 06:17

    Finally, a group of people from the farming community with some ordinary common sense.those deep wells are a very serious concern.what is going to happen when the deep wells go dry? which they will over time, the only natural resource pei has is water. when it is gone or contaminated then what will we all do??