Chatham-Kent Residents Continue Fight For Clean Water

Some Chatham-Kent residents are calling on the province to investigate Samsung's North Kent One wind turbine site.

At Queen's Park today, Essex NDP MPP Taras Natyshak was joined by members of 'Water Wells First' — an advocacy group fighting for clean well water in the area.

Jessica Brooks says her well water turned black after a pile driving project 700 metres from here home.

"There was 47 parts/mL in our well sample before construction occurred, after construction we had 682,000 parts/mL in our well water. That's a 14,000 times increase and that was a difference of three weeks and the only thing that happened in between was the pile driving," says Brooks.

She says her family doesn't currenlty have a reliable source of clean water. "We rely on a tank with trucked in water that can freeze, that can empty, it's not a reliable source of water for my family. I have three teenagers, my husband, my elderly mother lives with us."


Black Shale sediment from a well in Chatham-Kent (Photo courtesy of @WaterWellsFirst via Twitter)

Resident Mark St. Pierre says immediate action is needed, calling on the premier to protect his family.

"Premier Wynne, I have grandchildren. Are you trying to swindle my family into falsely believing that it's safe to bath my grandchildren in a bathtub full of black shale that carries arsenic, mercury, lead and uranium?" says St. Pierre.

Taras Natyshak pointed out that 18 families in the area all experienced the change in their water quality around the time that pile driving for Samsung's site began.

Residents have had the black water collected and analyzed by scientific experts who have found the water contains 'Black Shale' sediment — a known environmental hazard because it contains heavy metals.