Sewage story con­cerns reader

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

I was dis­turbed to hear about the sewage treat­ment plant and Strat­ford. I know they have been talk­ing about this for years, but now it seems that ac­tion might be go­ing to hap­pen.

I seems from the re­port that it will cost less to build a new sewage treat­ment plant in Strat­ford than it will to send our sewage across the river, yet this is ap­par­ently what is go­ing to hap­pen.

I have al­ways been against ship­ping Strat­ford’s sewage across the river — the sewage treat­ment plant on River­side Drive has had prob­lems for many, many years.

I think those who use the Hills­bor­ough River — a her­itage river — are right to be con­cerned about their fish­ing and the very great like­li­hood there will be a spill of toxic waste. What en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ments have been done re: the ef­fect of a pipe­line on the fish/ wildlife habi­tat? In not too many years, with the rate of ero­sion on P.E.I. and with less than five miles to go, it is prob­a­ble the Hills­bor­ough River will be fed both from Char­lot­te­town har­bour and Tra­cadie Bay or Sav­age Har­bour. What ef­fects will that have on the river? This is all wrong, and some­where, if one is to dig down and look closely, pol­i­tics and lined pock­ets are sure to be in­volved at the ex­pense of the en­vi­ron­ment and the res­i­dents of Strat­ford.

Let’s have no more po­lit­i­cal shenani­gans; let’s get the treat­ment plant built here in Strat­ford.

Jan C. Gom­er­sall,

Strat­ford

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