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26 July 2016

Green Party disappointed at news of yet another river kill

Green Party leader Peter Bevan-Baker is expressing dismay at the news today of a fish kill in the Clyde River following a recent heavy rain event.

“On PEI, sadly we have become accustomed to these sorts of periodic and catastrophic events, with fish kills occurring on an almost yearly basis for over 50 years now. The more accurate term for these events is river kills, for almost certainly whatever killed the fish has also devastated other aquatic life such as amphibians, invertebrates and insects,” said Bevan-Baker.

While we do not yet know the cause of this particular event, we have seen similar situations before where heavy rains are followed by a fish kill.

The Department of Communities, Land and Environment website states that:

Since 1962, there have been 51 documented fish kills on PEI that were either proven or suspected to have been caused by pesticides. In almost all recent cases, the product was applied prior to intensive rainfall events that washed the chemical into nearby streams.

“Once the investigation is complete and we have discerned the cause of this event, we must make changes to ensure that this does not happen again. We need to do better; this is unacceptable to all Islanders”, concluded Bevan-Baker.

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Contact:
Peter Bevan-Baker
(902) 388-8171
leader@greenparty.pe.ca

 

3 Comments

  1. Walter Wilkins 26 July 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Interestingly, I neither read nor heard a tweet, Facebook comment, or any self-directed acknowledgment or political reaction about this kill from one other PEI politician. Oh well, silence is at least consistent with the lack of transparency to which this current government seems so eagerly committed. Perhaps if we could turn off our sense of smell the whole problem would just disappear?

     
  2. Sharon Sawyer 26 July 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Environmental poisons that kill wildlife kill people eventually. This is very sad.

     
  3. Bill Kays 26 July 2016 at 6:59 pm

    The Green Party is ‘Disappointed’. That doesn’t do much good if its the same disappointment shared by the other political parties. Disappointment does nothing for the fish, or our river. I expect more than disappointment from everyone, especially the Legislature. It must be fixed. We are all tired of dying of cancers just like the poor fishes.

     

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