|Mysterious Aircraft Spray Northern Ontario Town With Strange Substance|
|Residents Get Sick, Petition Town Council To Put A Stop To It|
|by Bob Shrewsbury-Gee
SOUFORG- Espanola Contrails
ESPANOLA, ONTARIO -- August 1999: The air is filled with the pungent aroma of the town's huge
pulp and paper mill. Located on Georgian Bay's north shore, some 80km (50mi) south-west of Sudbury, the northern Ontario town of Espanola (pop.5,600) has a resourced based economy, as do
most communities in the north giving local environmentalist plenty to keep them on their
toes over the years.
However, a new and far more sinister environmental threat has begun to unfold in Espanola and, if accounts are accurate, in several other northern Ontario towns as well. At issue is the activity of mysterious, low flying aircraft that appear to be spraying some sort of substance over the town itself.
"We felt this needed to be addressed as a serious public health issue" says Ben McNenly who recently presented a 250-name petition to Espanola Town Council. "We wanted the Town to take a position on this and to insist that the parties involved cease and desist. This stuff is making people sick." In his petition, McNenly suggests that the US Airforce may be operating tanker aircraft over the community on a regular basis and emitting some sort of noxious substance.
"We have many eye-witnesses who have seen large KC135 tankers flying at low altitude and emitting a brownish cloud as they go. Complaints of respiritory problems have increased dramatically, in the wake of these overflights", says McNenly.
As if that were not enough, McNenly points to numerous reports of stange cloud formations that appear shortly after these aircraft have been spraying, leading to speculation that this is some sort of secret cloud-seeding project. McNenly himself snapped a picture of strange brown colored sausage-link clouds that appeared suddenly in a clear blue sky.
This reporter is a licenced pilot, with more than twenty-six years of exposure to military and commercial aviation. I can quickly rule out the mundane explanations:
This is the first time, that I know of, that these kinds of overflights have been observed so extensively over Canada. However, the contrails flap (or 'chem-trails' as they have become known) has been building in the US for the last nine months or so.
What's going on? Speculation abounds: From a secret US government plan to mass inoculate the popluation against a terrorist anthrax attack, to secret weather-as-a-weapon exeriments linked to HAARP.
As for McNenly, this reporter found him to be an articulate, well-educated, reasoned individual, not apparently given to 'conspiriacy hysteria'. (He comes across more as your kid's English teacher, or maybe your local pastor.) What ever the truth of the matter, he has put together a well-documented, logical case that should cause any rational citizen to be concered. But he's starting to feel the burden of being something of a maverick on this issue and in a small town...well life is too short for that kind of aggravation. I for one, feel that the citizens of Espanola owe a debt of gratitude to Ben because something was going on. Something was making people sick. And it stopped because of the attention he drew to it. And that's about as civic-minded as you can get.
What ever went on in Espanola, it is still going on elsewhere and we must have answers NOW. And people will be held to account.
This reporter has more work to do on this. Stay tuned.
Southern Ontario UFO Research Group
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