N.B. Mi’kmaq want Energy East concerns addressed before granting consent

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First Nations leaders voice concerns at Energy East hearings in Saint John
WATCH ABOVE: Several First Nations leaders spoke to TransCanada’s panel about their concerns with the Energy East Pipeline project. Global’s Jeremy Keefe reports – Aug 10, 2016

Mi’kmaq communities in New Brunswick say they remain “deeply concerned” about the effect the proposed Energy East pipeline will have on their aboriginal and treaty rights.

Chief George Ginnish, of the Eel Ground First Nation, made the comment on behalf of nine Mi’kmaq communities at the National Energy Board hearings in Saint John, N.B., today.

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Ginnish says the communities are concerned about the impacts on watersheds and water crossings as well as on traditional fisheries and on species such as Atlantic salmon.

He says there are also concerns about increased tanker traffic in the Bay of Fundy.

Ginnish says unless those concerns are “meaningfully addressed,” the Mi’kmaq will not consent to the pipeline crossing its territory.

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Officials with Energy East say they are committed to ongoing consultations with First Nations groups in order to address their concerns.

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