Peter Bevan-Baker 385

Protect our Island water

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PETITION TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND: Prince Edward Island relies entirely on groundwater for all human water uses. The nature of Island aquifers is such that water flows across property boundaries and thus must be managed by government for the public good. The Government of PEI is developing a new, more holistic Water Act, but water exports, either in bottle or in bulk, have so far not been part of the public discussions surrounding this new legislation. The creation and expansion of a water export industry on PEI could have severe and wide­reaching consequences for the management of this critically important public resource. Pure Island Waters, a private company, is proposing to construct a water­bottling plant in Brookvale which would extract up to 400,000 L of groundwater per week for export. Neither an environmental impact assessment, a Groundwater Extraction Permit, nor any public consultation are required for this development. We, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island as follows: To urge the Government of Prince Edward Island to: (1) halt the proposed Pure Island Waters bottling facility in Brookvale; (2) conduct a thorough study of all the implications of the water export industry on PEI (including, but not limited to, environmental, economic, trade, regulatory, and governance) prior to approving any water­ export developments; and (3) begin a public engagement process to determine the consensus of local residents and Islanders on this issue.

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