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I agree that protest seems unfocused when the complete package of information is on table. The potential economic benefits are worth some level of risk. There has not been much dialogue from the environmental lobby on this leading one to believe they are not overly concerned.
The public was really not informed on this project. Besides a few well written articles in the media, this was under the radar. Some groups were consulted but “Joe Public” had little prior knowledge.
I don’t buy the argument this is driven by price stability for Nova Scotia gas customers. That sells well in the media but it means so little. The bulk of their gas disappears to other markets. Nova Scotia is not well connected for gas and I believe that is the problem.
Projects like this need to include commitments to expand distribution of natural gas inside NS. Much like power rate increases need to be tied to NSP migrating to smart meters, regulators must balance the equation for all stakeholders. It will ensure the public an gain to offset the risk to their community.
There isn’t a sniff of natural gas in any of the communities directly impacted by the potential risks of this project. The prevailing attitude is that Halifax has the advantages and rural NS has the risks. Most feel that Atla are buying cheap summer gas and hoarding it until the price is high for sale to other markets.
Maybe if the native communities got commitments for future infrastructure to support their growing industrial base they might feel differently about it. If power rate increases came with technology to allow me to see my consumption in real time I’d feel like I had more control. If gas storage is being done in those communities maybe they should have access to cheaper, cleaner energy options too.
Otherwise, Alta should find a geological formation underground near the HRM urban core where they supply gas that will do the same thing and try getting approvals there. I am pretty sure it wouldn’t happen.
Barry Cox | October 9, 2014 | Reply
Anyone should be able to protest to get across his/her views. After all, we learn from each other through dlalogue both public and private. But surely one should become familiar with the facts before resorting to protest. If the facts are that this new facility poses no real environmental risk, public action like this may cheapen the whole idea of protest.
Steve Chipman | October 5, 2014 | Reply
I am afraid that this is just another example of the type of ‘Against everything’ reaction that sadly guarantees we will never achieve the potential successes envisioned by IVANY el al.
bob mackenzie | October 3, 2014 | Reply
Another thoughtful view by Bill; we need to get on with the “Now” in NS vs. the standard “Never” response by the vocal but effective minority.
Jim Mills | October 3, 2014 | Reply
“Noisy protests”? Who from specifically? Oh well, just the NIMBY thing; or is it more significant in terms of our acquired economic backwardation.
If these are thought by the majority to be sort of ‘meanspirited’, is it any surprise that we are viewed from afar as having a “culture of defeat”.
Perhaps the majority ought to inform themselves more fully of just who these minority are, for the majority want progress not regress.
Gordon a.... | October 3, 2014 | Reply
Here is the risk . We might have a new private enterprise paying badly needed taxes to this province . The benefit We might be able to fund some part of the growing health care budget which the Natives generally don’t pay for via income of sales taxes .
p taylor | October 3, 2014 | Reply
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