GuelphToday has received the following letter to the editor from, Susan McSherry, a citizen of Guelph who is deeply concerned about possible negative environmental impacts from the proposed Xinyi Glass Canada plant.
The proposed Xinyi Glass Canada float glass plant development being considered by Guelph-Eramosa Township once again raises the arguably most critical issue that Canadian citizens from coast-to-coast-to-coast must address and ask our elected federal, provincial and municipal representatives to act on immediately: Why are we so willing to leave our water unprotected?
At a time where serious shortage of potable water is a reality in so many countries around the globe, including Canada, what makes it acceptable for our federal and provincial governments to negotiate trade deals that allow foreign investors to extract and consume massive amounts of water for corporate profit in land areas where source ground water is already described as significantly at risk?
The intended site of the proposed large-scale, heavy industrial float glass plant lies within such a sensitive area, not far from the Queensdale wellhead that is currently labelled as an unsustainable water source. Xinyi intends to drill several very deep wells, significantly deeper than existing private wells on the same aquifer that supplies water to residents of Guelph-Eramosa Township. 66 per cent of the millions of litres of water Xinyi will mine from the aquifer on a daily basis, 365 days a year for 15 years, will evaporate.