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Cumberland Council Torn on Pulp Mill Issue
Bill Martin
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Cumberland Council Torn on Pulp Mill Issue

Northern Pulp’s drive to extend their use of a controversial treatment pond at Boat Harbour, Pictou County, brought opponents to Cumberland Council tonight.

Council heard two presentations in response to a recent forestry delegation that asked council to help keep the mill running.

Charles Purdy, a shellfish farmer from Malagash, warned council that the forestry sector is not the only industry put in jeopardy by the pulp mill at Abercrombie.

Purdy says the ecosystem along the Northumberland Strait is threatened by years of pollution from the mill. He warns the proposal to install a new pipe to dump wastewater farther into the strait will only increase the danger to the coastal fishery and to aquaculture operations.

Friends of the Northumberland Strait went further. Jill Graham-Scanlan, in the attached photo, says thirty-four percent of Nova Scotia’s exports are in the fishery, while pulp represents only four percent.

Scanlan’s group is angry about the current debate to allow Northern Pulp more time to deal with the environmental issue. She says, “We have had 52 years of lies and broken promises to the First Nation’s people of Pictou Landing.”

The issue came to a head in 2014 when a pipe burst, sending untreated waste throughout the area. That led to the Boat Harbour Act, passed by all parties in the Nova Scotia Legislature in 2015. That act gave the pulp company five years to come up with a new environmental protection plan with the Boat Harbour treatment pond to be closed in January 2020.

Scanlan says, in reality, the company had much longer than five years notice. She said, “They knew when they bought the mill that something had to be done with Boat Harbour, long before the Boat Harbour Act.”

When Paper Excellence, the company that operates Northern Pulp announced their plan was to run a pipe into the Strait to disperse 90 million litres per day of treated effluent, there was an immediate outcry from local residents and environmentalists.

Scanlan says, “The Northumberland Strait is already a fragile ecosystem, why would we add more?” She noted the pipe solution had been proposed twice before over the years and was rejected each time.

The group feels any support that allows the company to delay is “support for environmental racism.” Scanlan says, “Pictou Landing First Nation should not pay the price of Northern Pulp’s delay.”

Jill Graham-Scanlan will be on Six Rivers Radio Thursday on Morning Talk. Click HERE to listen.

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Monday, May 20, 2024 9:45 AM

Moved to Tuesday at 9:41 due to Victoria Day. Listen to Tim Houston, Premier of Nova Scotia, on Morning Talk on the 3rd Monday of each month at 9:45. Click HERE for our online player. Click HERE for our direct player.
Monday, May 20, 2024 8:00 PM

Pickleball and Basketball played every Monday from 8 to 9 pm at the OREC gym in Oxford. Click HERE for details.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 1:00 PM

Walk and Talk is held every Tuesday and Thursday at 1 pm at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 1:00 PM

The Oxford Seniors Club (31 Ellis Street) will host a Coffee House from 1 to 3 pm every Tuesday. All Are Welcome.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 6:00 PM

Women's Pickle Ball is played every Tuesday from 6 to 8 PM at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 9:00 AM

Listen to Tory Rushton, Minister of Natural Resources and Renewables on Morning Talk each Wednesday at 9 am.
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Listen to Oxford Mayor Greg Henley on Morning Talk every Wednesday at 10:45.
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Listen to Murray Scott, Mayor of Cumberland County, on Morning Talk every Thursday at 9:00.
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