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Tensions rise between Northern Pulp and fishermen over effluent drainage


October 29, 2018
By P&PC Staff

October 29, 2018 – After an effluent leak last week at Northern Pulp’s Pictou, Nova Scotia mill, local fishermen are protesting the mill’s proposed plan to put a new effluent drainage pipe into Northumberland Strait. 

The CBC reports that on October 23, a fleet of fishing vessels surrounded a boat thought to be performing survey work for Northern Pulp with regard to the new pipe. The group of six boats escorted the survey boat back to shore after a verbal confrontation. 

A group of 3,000 fishermen are opposed to the drainage pipe plan, which they say could harm the fish, fish habitats and their livelihood. 

Northern Pulp, which is owned by Paper Excellence Canada, released a statement stressing the safety of its employees. “When situations occur, we will seek guidance and work with authorities to ensure the safety of all involved,” says Northern Pulp spokesperson Kathy Cloutier in a statement to CBC. 

Read CBC’s full story here.