The numbers are staggering. Over the past 51 years, the bleached kraft pulp mill on Abercrombie Point in Pictou County has piped about 1.25 trillion litres of toxic effluent into Boat Harbour. That’s enough to fill about half a million Olympic-size swimming pools, or a pipeline one metre in diameter stretching about 1.6 million kilometres, […]
News 1. Scotiascapes On Monday, truck driver Michael Wile died while depositing a load at the Fairview Cove Sequestration Facility. Wile was driving for Scotiascapes Landscaping, which was issued a Stop Work order by the Department of Labour. An investigation is ongoing. In 2013, another Scotiascapes employee was the driver of a Ford F-350 pickup […]
This is a follow-up to Linda Pannozzo’s investigative articles in The Halifax Examiner detailing the issues around Northern Pulp’s proposed effluent treatment and disposal system: Dirty Dealing Part 1: Northern Pulp mill and the province are set to roll the dice with Boat Harbour’s replacement, but a cleaner alternative exists; Dirty Dealing Part 2: Wading through the quagmire […]
Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information request reveal that concern about the possibility that Northern Pulp’s proposed effluent treatment facility could result in eutrophication, or the creation of a dead zone in the Northumberland Strait, was raised early on by a senior official with Nova Scotia’s Environmental Assessment (EA) Branch. Emails between Northern Pulp’s […]
News 1. Dirty Dealing This morning, the Halifax Examiner published Linda Pannozzo’s in-depth investigation of the proposal to clean up Boat Harbour: Earlier this month a delegation of fishers from Nova Scotia, PEI, and First Nations met with the Nova Scotia Environment Minister Iain Rankin, Central Nova MP Sean Fraser, and Pictou West MLA Karla […]
This once pristine tidal estuary, Boat Harbour has been used as an industrial waste lagoon for the Abercrombie pulp mill (now Northern Pulp) near Pictou for fifty years. Photo courtesy Dave Gunning. You could cut the tension in the room with a knife. Earlier this month a delegation of fishers from Nova Scotia, PEI, and […]
On a clear, crisp Sunday morning in March, Tim Bousquet and I drove about 30 minutes inland from Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia to Twin Lakes, an area slated to be clearcut by Northern Pulp. As I reported in Part 1 of “Testing the Limits,” at the end of February the Abercrombie pulp giant posted several […]
by Hilary Beaumont It’s a story that hits the heart, and that’s why he wants to tell it. Jonathan Beadle lost his cousin to cancer. They were like brothers. It was a rare kind of cancer. “They often say that to anyone who has fallen ill in my community,” Beadle says. His cousin had tumours...