When it comes to the water well issues faced by an ever-increasing number of home owners in north Chatham-Kent since construction began on wind turbines, it seems the people have reached their saturation point with government stalling on the issue.
As stated in our story on page 9 of this edition, the lack of answers from Queen’s Park on when the people can expect to see a health hazard investigation into the potential hazards of drinking well water contaminated with toxic black shale has reached a breaking point.
The people in Chatham-Kent received a promise, in writing, more than a year ago from the man who would be premier, Doug Ford. He campaigned that, if elected, he would immediately call for a full health hazard investigation into safety of the contaminated well water. And the people believed it.
They had two members, MPP Monte McNaughton and MPP Rick Nicholls, on their side before the election, and now – crickets.
“Immediate” to most people means right away, not over a year later with no report in sight.
Essex MPP Taras Natyshak, when questioning the lack of action in the Legislature earlier this month, struck a chord when he said the government has its priorities wrong. How is buck-a-beer and making alcohol available in corner stores more important than the health concerns of a large group of people?
It can be likened to Marie Antoinette telling the starving people to eat cake, when they had no food for their families. Beer instead of water is not the answer to the problem, and safe drinking water should be the first priority, not the last.
If a report from Ontario Public Health and Cancer Care Ontario acknowledges environmental factors in the increased incidence of cancer in Ontario, including ingesting arsenic which is known to be in black shale, it is time for our government to take care of people’s health first, and worry about if they have easy access to alcohol later.
It’s been over a year. The time for answers is now.