I am opposed to the lifting of the moratorium on deep-water wells. I am not the only one. I have been getting a lot of feedback. Non-farmers are opposed and it turns out so are some potato farmers.
They have some compelling reasons as to why they are opposed. It is more than just about recharge rates.
It would appear at this point that only the contract potato growers are the ones that want more deep-water wells for irrigation.
I question whether the P.E.I. Potato Board has a mandate from the industry as a whole to advocate for the lifting of the moratorium on more wells. The potato board should have a producer plebiscite to see if this is where the industry wants to go. Until they have done this they should withdraw their support for lifting the moratorium.
There is also a lot of talk that the lifting of the moratorium is already a done deal, some think. Powerful players want the water. They will take it.
Rightly or wrongly there is a huge perception of conflict of interest by having potato grower Agriculture Minister George Webster involved in these discussions. It looks bad. Premier Robert Ghiz should recognize this and deal with it.
I am opposed to deep-water well irrigation.