National Farmers Union asks for more information on high capacity wells for their farms

By Laura Hines
March 7, 2014

The National Farmers union agreed that not enough studies have been done on high capacity wells during the legislative standing committee in Charlottetown on March 6.
The committee argued the use of high capacity wells did not have enough information presented to the union, said Edith Ling.
Not all farmers harm the land and not all farmers are putting harsh chemicals into the land, one committee member argued.
The wells would be an extra cost, and not all Islanders can understand the debt that Island farmers have.
Currently, there is a standstill of information being presented on the high capacity wells, he said.
The NFU sent a letter to those who are conducting the study on the wells, and received little information in a single email returned, Ling said.
“The committee as a whole sent a letter to them to provide as much information as they can.”
The committee also argued it’s difficult to get more information on the science; they receive no answers and have more questions.
A scientist related to a committee member advised them P.E.I. is part of the two per cent of the world relying on ground, fresh water and warned to look after it.
The wells in use have been tested just three times since 2006. The studies conducted on the wells have been reported to last 72 hours and should be studied for over a few years, said NFU member Steven Mackinnon.
“We have more questions than answers.”
The water problems have not been enhanced since the previous study in 2002. If there was any change to the water conditions, it has been for the worse, said Mackinnon.
In 2007, the water was withdrawn for study for the third time.
All environmental groups that attended the legislative standing committee meeting asked for review of the data from the Department of Environment.