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Letters to the editor, February 25, 2016 

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Alton Gas pains

The regular, mainstream media has been doing a crappy job on this story of the natural gas storage depot planned for salt caverns near the Shubenacadie River ("Going against the tide: The fight against Alton Gas," cover feature by Miles Howe, February 18).

Thank you Miles Howe and The Coast for some real journalism here. You put the Herald, Global News and the others to shame. They wish they could do what you have done here. —posted at by Tybie

I am impressed with your research, Miles, and troubled to see Alton Gas has employed the student they funded to study the effects of salinity on striped bass.

The province is letting us down once again. It has a duty to protect our wildlife from corporate pollution. —posted by Joanne Macpherson

I dunno, I think the release of the brine at a controlled rate makes Alton's plan no worse than regular run-off going into the river. I think the opposition comes mostly from an economic standpoint: they're not getting enough of a chunk. You don't own the mineral or land rights under your property, any mining outfit can come in and make a mineral claim under your house, and there's nothing you can do about it.

Instead of opposition for the sake of it, maybe they need to get on board and be an active participant in it, be on the regulatory and monitoring boards to keep AltaGas honest and negotiate some sort of royalty scheme with them. —posted by Bullet

How come all of you easterners have no problems burning oil and gas out of my backyard, but all of you hypocrites will not burn oil and gas out of your own backyard?

If you people want a leg to stand on, how about going back to your "traditional" ways of life that don't include oil and gas!

As far as I'm concerned you should be charged double or triple the going rate for oil and gas since you won't contribute to the industry that you support when you drive your cars and turn up the thermostat at home! —posted by Dana Geddes

Take a flying Leap

Dear east coast friends,

You already enjoyed a Heritage Day off work this February, and now you're looking at an extra day in the calendar on Monday the 29th. Why not consider what you can do with an hour of that day for your community?

You'll make an extra day's pay if you work February 29, or maybe it's just an extra day to do with what you want. Why not then give an hour or two of your Leap Day time or wages to help the community and charity organizations that help you and other Canadians?

Our rough calculations suggest that if just 10 percent of Canada's population invested an hour of their time or wages (at $15 per hour), we'd see a direct stimulus to our local economies of some $52 million. And if we all gave that hour on Leap Day, that's a half billion dollars. A billion if our governments and businesses were to match such investment—which they could afford given all the extra money they'll take in this year. —Laurie Gourlay and Jackie Moad, on behalf of the Vancouver Island & Coast Conservation Society



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