Wolastoqey wary of NB Power’s plan on massive hydro station

By John Chilibeck  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The leaders of First Nations along the St. John River say they’re pleased NB Power has applied for an environmental review of its plans to overhaul the Mactaquac Generating Station, a huge hydroelectric plant and dam that drastically changed Indigenous life when it was commissioned 55 years ago. In response to questions posed by Brunswick News, the six chiefs of the Wolastoqey Nation issued a press release Friday stating that significant issues remain with the proposed refurbishment project, about 20 kilometres west of Fredericton. “My community had no say in the construction of this massive facility,” said Chief Gabriel Atwin of Bilijk (Kingsclear First Nation). “For half a century we’ve lived in the shadow of the dam.” Earlier this month, NB Power applied…

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