Editorials and letters about forestry in Nova Scotia continued..7Dec2017: an appeal for co-existence of forestry, fisheries, agriculture and tourism

The effluent from the proposed new pulp effluent treatment plant would be released in the Northumberland Strait at approximately location X on the Google map above.
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Fishers are concerned about impacts on lobster, crab, scallop, herring, and mackerel fisheries.

Like many Nova Scotians, an employee of Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation who felt compelled to write a letter to newspaper about the effluent issue has connections to forestry fishing and farming.

I’ve lived, gone to school, worked and volunteered in Pictou County almost my entire life. I grew up on a dairy farm in Scotsburn, learned about forestry at my father’s side and spent many a day and night on a fishing boat hauling lobster traps, shucking scallops and shaking a herring net, with my stepfather, grandfather and various other family and friends who own fishing gear.

On the mill effluent issue, she comments:

I’ve been asking questions since the Government of Nova Scotia passed the Boat Harbour Act. I’ve been getting answers, some that create more questions and some that answer them. I’m confident that the right thing will be done and that the backbone industries of rural Nova Scotia (forestry, fisheries, agriculture and tourism) can coexist and prosper with the right leadership.

Be a leader, ask good questions, get answers and spread the truth.

Read more in The News: LETTER: Rural industries can co-exist and prosper (Dec 7, 2017)

I would like to believe she’s right about coexistence. Unfortunately, I don’t see the NS Government/Northern Pulp/Dillon Consulting’s handling of the ‘mill effluent file’ to date as getting us there.

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