HILLSBOROUGH, NB–Premier David Alward is being encouraged to change his mind about fracking, by an 11-year-old boy from Albert County.

After learning about fracking from his dad,11-year-old Quinn Reid of Hillsborough decided to write a letter to the Premier.

Drilling for shale gas could go ahead this spring near the village’s water supply.

In his letter, Quinn tells Premier Alward he’s worried about the chemicals involved in the fracking process and fears they could pollute drinking water.

The group, Water & Environment Protection for Albert County(WEPAC) is holding meetings to discuss fracking and the community is invited to attend.

The first meeting is at 7pm tonight at the Hillsborough Legion, 31 Legion St. to accommodate increased number of people attending. A second meeting will be held on Monday, Feb 18th at 7PM, also at the Hillsborough Legion.

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Quinn’s letter:

Dear Premier Alward:

Hi.  My name is Quinn Reid and I’m 11 years old.  I live in Albert County, New Brunswick.  I live here with my Mom, Dad and my little sister Cadence.

Here in Albert County you guys have  decided to allow fracking.  I don’t know if you have noticed, but the fracking that they are about to do is right beside our village well.  If you frack there or any place in Albert County, could you please do it without chemicals that hurt our earth.  If we lose our water that is going to hit our little community big time.  Without clean water, we won’t have water to drink, water for our pets, or water to swim in.  I don’t want my family or my pets to get sick from bad water caused by fracking.  If the fracking hurts the water, everybody will be forced to move and Hillsborough will fall apart.  I don’t want that to happen.

We are a small community with not much traffic or noise, so please don’t ruin that.  I am young and I plan on living in Hillsborough when I get older, so please don’t ruin our water and please don’t make us sick.

Please don’t frack right beside our water sources and please don’t do it with chemicals.  We need our water to be healthy so we can live here and not be scared of getting sick.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t like being sick.

I hope this letter gives you some ideas on how to frack the right way without hurting our community.  Hillsborough is a great village–don’t ruin it with fracking!

Sincerely,
Quinn Reid