No pipe group rallies at injunction hearing

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HALIFAX – About 70 people demonstrated in front of the law courts in downtown Halifax early this afternoon while Northern Pulp made its case for an injunction so it can continue its plans to divert effluent from Boat Harbour into the Northumberland Strait.

Nicole MacKenzie was one of the members of Friends of the Northumberland Strait who were joined by others at the rally. She noted some supporters from Halifax Regional Municipality and as far away as Yukon joined the demonstration. The group opposes a pipe in the Strait and wants Boat Harbour to close on time.

“People were there to support the fishermen and in support of no pipe and the closure of Boat Harbour on schedule,” she said. “It was a pretty quiet demonstration with some chanting and people supporting the fishermen.”

Local fishermen are among members of the FONS group who attended. They want Northern Pulp to create an in-house waste water treatment facility that does not require discharging effluent through a pipe into the Strait once the Boat Harbour Harbour Treatment facility closes.

Northern Pulp has also asked for a delay in the January 2020 timeline for closing Boat Harbour to give the pulp mill more time to devise an alternate effluent system and apply for an environment permit to operate it.