The tiny Québec village of Ristigouche-Sud-Est, population
168, is crowdfunding to pay for the defence of its
anti-fracking by-law, intended to protect
municipal drinking water.
Ristigouche is reportedly one of more than 70 Québec
municipalities that have adopted anti-fracking bylaws to protect
local drinking water from pollution. The bylaw prevents
fracking within 2 km of municipal wells.
In July, the Québec Environment Ministry brought in
a new regulation on oil and gas drilling near waterways,
establishing a 500-metre protected perimeter around potable water
sources. (Règlement sur le prélèvement
des eaux et leur protection). This will prevent the province
from issuing future fracking permits within 500 metres of such
drinking water sources.
However, the province had already granted fracking permits
to Gastem, a Quebec-based oil and gas exploration and
development company, near the Ristigouche drinking water wells.
Gastem launched a $1.5 million lawsuit against the tiny village
because of the bylaw.
Ristigouche turned to the Internet for help. So far, its
crowdfunding campaign, Solidarite
Ristigouche has raised more than $85,000 to fund its defence of
the lawsuit. A benefit concert is planned; two young women swam 20
km to raise funds for the defence, and groups such as unions and
the Council of Canadians have chipped in. Other Québec
municipalities are also offering their support, while criticizing
the provincial government, which created the problem by authorizing
the fracking, close to the municipal wells, in the first place. The
province is doing nothing to help Restigouche defend the
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