Friday, May 04, 2007

Stomping on the working class...

Many of us are aware of the new refinery to be built in the beautiful area of Mispec along our beautiful coastline. We as citizens of this area have been faulted for not fighting to stop this proposal. The reality is that most people accepted this news as an inevitable event because of the growing need for energy and the need for jobs in our local area.

I have to admit I am very conflicted by the idea of another refinery. One side of me appreciates the fact that for the first time in years we might finally stop the mass exodus out of our province and keep families together and offer young people a well paying job that can provide for their future.

Yet, the other side of me struggles with the knowledge that we can never get back our coastline. If we really believe that the environmental damage will be minimal we are delusional. I wonder what my children and grandchildren will say to me someday....

But, adding to this internal struggle is the knowledge that the community of Red Head and Mispec are directly affected! My personal struggle on this issue is pitiful compared to their reality! We have all witnessed the pollution over the years from the refinery on the east side...and even with the major improvements made to the Saint John refinery, it still pollutes and the residents who live in Champlain Heights can attest to that.

What must the residents of Mispec & Red Head be thinking when they realize that they will be trading their fresh air and quiet vistas for pollution, noise, trucks, and the daily commute of workers going back and forth to the refinery each day....do we really believe this will not affect them?

Some residents would like Irving to buy them out at fair market values and allow them to move away and start fresh. Irving is refusing to do this if their home is located outside of their arbitrary line. I would love to see Irving step up and truly show to the citizens and business community at large what it means to be a good neighbour... a good corporate citizen! For me, it will take more than some trees planted to give me the warm fuzzies....

If you care to read more on this issue go to CBC and read about one local couple fighting for fairness when it comes to their home. Or visit Alli's blog to get information on how you can help by writing a letter to voice your concerns that residents be treated with monetary fairness and respect.

Many people stand to make lots of money from this deal...why shouldn't the residents be fairly compensated? They are already losing out on the longterm equity that comes with owning waterfront property let alone the disruption to their lives. This shouldn't even be an issue about doing the right thing!

4 comments:

Linda MacDonald CSP(tm) said...

I sent off those emails!! There's a first time for everything! I am glad I do not have to answer to the almighty Irvings. Paul was right when he vowed to never sign on...even if it would have meant i could live near our family.

onelittlemustardseed said...

It will be interesting to see how this all turns out...will the corporate giant show fairness to his neighbours or will the oil refinery be built and loom large, casting a shadow that we will never get out from under.

Andrew said...

A new refinery will not destroy our coastline. The Saint John Harbour is currently being destroyed by raw sewerage not the current refinery. I am a strong apponent to the Irving Empire as you are aware, being my wife after all. I welcome the second refinery but do hope the Irvings do whats right and not just the minimal as prescribed by an Evironmental Impact Assessment.

onelittlemustardseed said...

Are you serious...you don't think that a huge oil refinery will not ruin our coastline...do you really believe their won't be any accidental spills in the middle of the night...

I understand why we need it...but lets not pretend that it won't be a blight on the environment.

Also, all I really am commenting on is the families affected by the construction of this new facility...they are the first victims of environmental damage...