There were a few happy tears shed and some relief on the faces of Pictou Landing First Nations Band Council as it was announced by the provincial Environment Department on Tuesday morning that more information would be needed before approval or denial of Northern Pulp’s proposed effluent pipe could be announced.
Council and members of the community, as well as a couple of elders, were present at the band council office to watch the announcement live and answer a few questions about the results.
“With the announcement that we got today, it’s not a straight-up, no, but it’s asking for more information; that’s what we’ve been asking for from the very beginning,” said PLFN Chief Andrea Paul. “That the science that they’re providing is not going to have any harm on our resources, it’s not going to harm our fish, it’s not going to harm our air, it’s not going to harm our land.”
Based on a letter that Paul said was received from the minister, it indicated the science is not at the level that is being sought at the moment. She considers this an opportunity for Northern Pulp to do the work it needs to have done. In terms of the Boat Harbour closure date, Paul is not budging on the January 31, 2020 date that was set.
“We’re definitely sticking; we’ve been very firm on our date. This is a commitment that was personally made by the premier of Nova Scotia, Stephen MacNeil,” said Paul in a press conference following the announcement.
For more on the Pictou Landing First Nation reaction and the Northern Pulp provincial announcement please check The Advocate website and the next edition of the paper.
Chief Andrea Paul and members of Pictou Landing First Nation gathered to watch Tuesday’s provincial announcement over the proposed Northern Pulp effluent pipeline. (Brimicombe photo)