Friends of the Richelieu. A river. A passion.

"Tout cedit pays est fort uny, remply de forests, vignes & noyers. Aucuns Chrestiens n'estoient encores parvenus jusques en cedit lieu, que nous, qui eusmes assez de peine à monter le riviere à la rame. " Samuel de Champlain

"All this region is very level and full of forests, vines and butternut trees. No Christian has ever visited this land and we had all the misery of the world trying to paddle the river upstream." Samuel de Champlain

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Manif à Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu

This nat gas drilling pad has just gone up: work started a few weeks ago. It's smack dab in the middle of farmland. Nearby, family homes are nestled in the few woodlots left in the valley.

The main crop is corn to feed livestock. Drying bins dot the countryside.

This demonstration has been planned by concerned citizens who hear about these drilling sites sprouting all along the St.Lawrence valley lowlands, looking for shale gas in the Utica geological formation.

The people you see in the pictures come from all over the province and are from all age groups: retirees, young families with their kids, family dogs, all were braving the cold wind and the first real snowfall of the year for this part of the province of Quebec. I figure we were almost 200.

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