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Half of fuel tanks on First Nations reserves don’t meet regulations

Fuel spills can devastate remote First Nations communities that lack the resources or ability to clean them up


 

OTTAWA – Half the fuel storage tanks that remote First Nations use to power their communities fell short of federal standards meant to prevent leaks and spills, a new document shows.

The Conservative government is spending tens of millions of dollars to bring those fuel tanks intoy 2014 to bring 583 tanks into compliance.

Aboriginal Affairs would like to have 750 tanks – which it says represent “approximately 50 per cent of essential tanks on reserve” – in compliance with the regulations by next year.

The department has yet to respond to questions about the tanks.

The 2011 Conservative budget included $45 million spread over four years to help First Nations bring their fuel tanks up to the new standards.

Aboriginal Affairs is also dipping into its own budget to come up with another $34.5 million – which would bring the government’s total planned spending up to $79.5 million.

The department is looking at ways to pay for the remaining fuel tank work once the budget money runs out next year.

Options on the table are to use money from the department’s permanent funding allocations – known as A-base funding – or from the First Nation Infrastructure Fund, according to one of the documents.

Fuel spills can devastate remote First Nations communities that lack the resources or ability to clean them up.

The community of Attawapiskat in northern Ontario had to close its hospital after heating fuel spilled in the basement at the end of November.


 

Half of fuel tanks on First Nations reserves don’t meet regulations

  1. I Know that many first nations (not all of them) expect the Feds or some other level of government to look after their every need……but here’s a hint:

    If you have a fuel tank outside and it looks like it’s getting a little worn around the edges…….sand it down and throw on a couple coats of paint !!!…

    I know it sounds like work…..but a little paint goes a long way in preventing metal from rusting.

    Don’t simply let it rust…then leak….and then blame the Govenrment for the state of your living environment. I don’t think it’s too much to ask that you at least TRY and do something for yourself.

    Attawapiskat: I’m sure Chief Spence could sell her $85,000 escalade and spring for a few gallons.

    • When southerners sent boxes and boxes of food and supplies to Attawapiskat during their crisis, Chief Spence couldn’t find any “volunteers” to unpack them. I don’t think this is typical of most reserves but it is up there.

      • As goes the leader…..so goes the community.

        Attawapiskat has been cursed with an incompetent Chief who prefers to line her own pockets, instead of looking after the people she is responsible for.

        There are some very well run Reserves in Canada……far better run than some major Canadian cities. They have good, conscientious Chiefs who understand what leadership is all about, and they understand their responsibility is to their people. the people on these reserves KNOW their Chief’s have their best interests at heart, and act accordingly.

        tyndinega in Ontario for example. Great reserve, productive, and with a hard-working population.

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