MP ASHTON ASKS FOR FEDERAL ACTION FOR HOLLOW WATER

MP ASHTON ASKS FOR FEDERAL ACTION FOR HOLLOW WATER

OTTAWA – Niki Ashton, MP for Churchill – Keewatinook Aski, asked the Environment Minister to step up and protect the environment and the health of the people of Hollow Water First Nation and Seymourville, as a proposed frack sand mine in their territories is about to open with the support of the government of Manitoba. 

People are concerned about the impact this mine would have on their health and their environment. “They are very concerned that this project could expose them to dangerous levels of carcinogens”, said Ashton. 

 The government of Manitoba’s backing of the project has people worried. “It is clear that the provincial government is pushing for the project to go forward, without good faith and honest discussions”, continued Ashton. “People on the ground are calling on the federal government to step in. Will the government step up to protect the people and the land?”

The Environment Minister has failed to answer the question directly. “The kind of answer the Minister offered will do nothing to alleviate the concerns of the residents of Hollow Water First Nation and of Seymourville. The federal government needs to step in, listen and act before it’s too late”, said Ashton. 

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