TRURO - A collective sigh of relief was heard from a small group of people at Colchester County council after hearing that the municipality won't immediately accept a proposal from a Debert business to process flowback water that could pollute nearby waterways.
At issue is the application by Debert-based Atlantic Industrial Services (AIS) to immediately process or treat, to the extent of the plant's ability, 4.5 million litres of flowback water from Triangle's gas wells, which is believed by at least some members of the public to be dumped into the Minas Basin.
Unconfirmed reports indicate the application includes the option to treat another 11 million litres of the same flowback water at a future time.
About a dozen residents were at council on Thursday night to show their disapproval of the application, particularly for health issues.
"My concern is the immediate and long-term health issues," said Tatamagouche resident Don Wilson. "This contains ... highly radioactive (elements) and are very dangerous to human and animal life. "At danger especially are the residents of Debert and the workers at AIS ... (and) residential property values in the immediate downstream in Onslow will fall."
Council said an application shouldn't immediately be accepted because more information is required. The county's director of public works will investigate the issue and is expected to make a presentation on the topic at the end of this month to council.
"My feeling is they won't allow it," said Wilson after the discussion closed at the meeting. "It's the only responsible thing to do."