Northern Pulp line springs another leak

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A pipeline break was reported near Indian Cross Point in Pictou Landing Sunday morning before 10 a.m.

“Bruce Chapman (Northern Pulp general manager) notified me about the break,” said Andrea Paul, chief of Pictou Landing First Nations. The site is about a half a kilometer from the road but not in the same site as the previous break.

Paul said she had visited the site Sunday after she was notified. At that time, Paul said there were no steps being taken by PLFN about the break.

“From what I see they are doing the remediation,” she said. “As of now, the remediation is the priority.”

The pulp and paper plant shut down on October 20 for the regularly scheduled maintenance and was notified about a possible effluent leak on October 21 at 9:20 a.m.

“The leak was confirmed shortly thereafter. Immediate action was taken to stop the flow of effluent. Northern Pulp officials instantly notified First Nations and authorities of the incident. Representatives from Northern Pulp will continue to work with agencies throughout the coming days,” said Kathy Cloutier, director of Corporate Communications with Paper Excellence Canada.

“Northern Pulp has arranged for a third-party environmental consultant to be on site (Monday afternoon) for assessment and development of a path forward plan.”