Local fisherman John Collins explains why a federal assessment of Northern Pulp’s proposed pipe into the Strait is both mandated in law and the right thing to do.
John Collins is thinking about solutions to the Northern Pulp conundrum that will respect the residents of Pictou Landng First Nation, protect the Strait, and keep the jobs in Pictou.,Whatever you may think of his proposal, at least he’s putting it out there, which is more most politicians can say.
John Collins raises more questions on Northern Pulp’s plan to pipe effluents out to the Northumberland Strait. “There came a point in time, when the environment outweighed the economy, it has passed.”
John Collins on Premier Stephen MacNeil’s response to a letter from the three Pictou MLAs: “I actually commend you for the courage and determination to stand up for what’s right and sticking to the legislated closure as implemented by your government in the ‘Boat Harbour Act’. For the mill to even promote a continuance of this level of environmental racism by asking for an extension is an insult to Pictou Landing First Nations, and First Nations Peoples in general.”
“Caribou Harbour is the largest fishing port in Northern Nova Scotia and the proposed discharge location for Northern Pulp’s ‘treated’ effluent. This plan would make Caribou Harbour, the next Boat Harbour,” writes John Collins.
“Many fishermen I know, in addition to being fishermen are educated professionals, ranging from various engineers to geologists; recently I’ve heard our objection for the proposed pipeline by Northern Pulp … described as: ‘the fishermen’s objections are based on emotion, not science’. I take offence to that and actually, my objections are based on science specifically,” writes John Collins.