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.
PSA by the Healthy Forest Coalition: Only two days remain to submit your comments to Nova Scotia Environment in regard to the environmental assessment of Northern Pulp’s proposed effluent pipe.
Pictou MD John Krawczyk on the presence of methyl mercury near Pictou Landing First Nation and what that means for the Northern Pulp plans to dump treated effluent in the Strait. “The effluent will not be toxin free no matter how it is treated and will bio-accumulate in bi-valves (mussels, scallops, oysters) and lobsters. Seafood will be contaminated. The archaic expression dilution is the solution to pollution is no longer acceptable. Humans are at risk!”
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.”
Matt Dort takes a close look at a recent Chronicel Herald story about Northern Pulp and the Northumberland Strait, and finds that it’s not simply a matter of meeting regulations. What if the regulations are flawed? What if there are other problems that aren’t even part of these regulations? What if the Strait is already at its maximum threshold for pollution?
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.
We talk with Art MacKay, a now retired biologist, about his research on the water quality of the St. Croix Estuary, between Maine and New Brunswick, and how a pulp mill’s effluent dumped in the river affected water quality and killed its commercial fisheries.
“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.