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.
“Northern Pulp’s proposal “to dump 62 million litres per day of treated waste into the rich fishing grounds of the the Northumberland Strait … is not any kind of a solution; it would be an environmental calamity,” writes Guysborough resident Ray Bates..