Taras Natyshak MPP, Essex

Government of Ontario

Ford government walks away from black water problem

Published on October 16, 2018

QUEEN’S PARK – NDP MPP for Essex Taras Natyshak says the Doug Ford government is not taking any action to help families in Chatham Kent that have been dealing with black water coming from their wells.

“For more than a year, family farms that surround Samsung’s North Kent One wind turbine site have had black, undrinkable water coming from their wells,” said Natyshak. “I have seen first-hand what that water looks like and scientists have shown that the sediment is actually black shale, which is known to contain heavy metals.

“Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government said that the water is safe to drink – that these families are overreacting. And now, instead of fixing the problem, the Ford government is joining Kathleen Wynne's side, refusing to do a health hazard investigation at these farms.

“These families are not just worried about the quality of the water in their wells for their own sake. They are also afraid to report the sediments in their well water for fear of loss of property value.”

Natyshak put the question directly to the Ford government Tuesday at Queen’s Park.

“What immediate actions is your government undertaking to determine the full nature and extent of the contamination from sediments released in the region’s watershed?”

No clear answers have been provided by Ford.