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Letter to Minister of Environment (MDDEP) le 19 juillet 2012

le 19 juillet 2012

 

M. Pierre Arcand

Ministre

Ministère du Développement durable

de l’Environnement et des parcs

Cabinet du ministre

Édifice Marie-Guyart, 30e étage

675, boulevard René-Lévesque Est

Québec (Québec)   GIR 5V7

 

Objet : Projet de centre régional de traitement des boues de fosses septiques de la MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais

Dear Honourable Mr. Arcand.

We are writing to draw your attention to ongoing and ever-growing opposition towards the MRC des Collines de l’Outaouais’ proposed Regional septic sludge facility along the banks of the Gatineau River. This facility will definitely degrade one of the cleanest rivers in southern Québec even though more responsible and viable alternatives are available.

Indeed, the Ville de Gatineau recently signed a regional waste treatment contract with the surrounding MRC’s and we feel it is imperative that this new plant be equipped to treat septic sludge. (See article attached)

Concerned citizens have been circulating a petition calling for the current project to be halted and more socially and environmentally acceptable solutions examined.  Herewith you will find 1800 names from our petition and the list continues to grow.

As you are aware, last summer citizens sought legal council and were given reason to believe that the 2010 Ville de Gatineau Resolution resolution :

CM-2010-125 RÉCEPTION DES BOUES DE FOSSES SEPTIQUES DE LA MRC DES COLLINES-DE-L’OUTAOUAIS

does not meet the spirit of cooperation recently shown by the Ville de Gatineau and the surrounding MRC’s.  Therefore, we and call on you to support a return of the MRC des Collines’ septic sludge to the recently upgraded Ville de Gatineau facility until the new facility has been built.

With a Provincial election on the horizon and municipal elections scheduled for the fall of 2013, concerned citizens in the Gatineau Valley will continue to insist that all politicians respect, value and declare their recognition that the Gatineau River is the de facto social and economic backbone of the region and is also an undeniable source of abundant fresh drinking water for future generations.

We appreciate that times are changing and are encouraged by the following:

Projet de loi no 391

LOI DÉCLARANT L’EAU PATRIMOINE COMMUN DE LA NATION QUÉBÉCOISE

CONSIDÉRANT que les ressources en eau sont essentielles au mieux-être environnemental, économique et social du Québec ;

CONSIDÉRANT que les ressources en eau, tant de surface que souterraine, constituent un patrimoine commun qu’il importe de conserver pour répondre aux besoins des générations actuelles et futures ;

We also believe our desire to protect the Gatineau River is completely in line with the vision of your department and all Québecers.

Nevertheless, should the MRC des Collines insist on proceeding with their plans despite the various superior alternatives, we seek your full cooperation in helping us champion a  BAPE process BEFORE any Environmental Certificates are issued.

Thank you for taking the time to review our request and we look forward to working with your department in the future,

 

_________________________________                          _________________________________

Wanda Gibson (Farrellton)                                          Peter Outridge Ph.D. (Farrellton)

au nom de:

Hélène Dompierre Ph.D. (Farrellton)

Cindy Duncan -McMillan (Farrellton)

Dr. Anne Gillies (Wakefield)

Karen Large (Alcove)

Brian Maclean (Farrellton)

Garth McKane (Farrellton)

David Pritchard (Alcove)

 

c. c. Mme. Stéphanie Vallée, députée de Gatineau

M. Norman MacMillan, député de Papineau et responsable de la région de l’Outaouais

M. Mathieu Ravignat, député de Pontiac

M. Gilbert W. Whiteduck, Chef, Conseil de bande de Kitigan Zibi

M. Robert Bussière, maire de La Pêche et préfet

M. Jean Lafrenière, maire de Val-des-Monts et préfet suppléant

M. Steve Harris, maire de Cantley

Mme. Caryl Green, maire de Chelsea

M. Robert Goulet, maire de L’Ange-Gardien

M. Daniel Malette, maire de Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette

M. Edward J. McCann, maire de Pontiac

M. Ghislain Poulain, directeur général de la MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais

M. Marc Dubreuil, directeur régional, Ministère du Développement durable, de

l’Environnement et des Parcs, région de l’Outaouais

Mme. Paulette Lalande, Préfet, MRC de Papineau

M. Pierre Rondeau, Préfet, MRC La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau

M. Michael McCrank, Préfet, MRC de Pontiac

M. Jean Carol Boucher, avocat

M. Roy Dupuis, président, Fondation Rivières

 

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