FunFest doesn’t mean protest over NSP emissions stops

Published on July 11, 2014
Peter Boyles

Trenton FunFest means a lot of things to a lot of different people.

For Peter Boyles it’s a chance to raise awareness about what he believes are dangerous emissions from the Nova Scotia Power plant in town.

For the last nine years Boyles and other protesters have taken turns protesting the pollution in front of the building. They choose the FunFest because it’s one of the busiest times of the year in town.

“If people only knew what was coming out of those stacks,” he said. He’s sure the street would be blocked off with protesters if people really took time to find out about it.

“They don’t realize. This stuff is just toxic.”

The plant is now equipped with a bag house that is supposed to cut back the pollution, but Boyles alleges that the employees don’t know how to properly use it.

Although he’s protested for years with little results, he remains confident that some change can happen. He said he’s received little to give him hope from the Department of Environment.

“It’s the same old song. They’re just going with the same playbook of the previous governments.”

But he’s optimistic with discussions he’s had with the energy minister that change will happen. He said they’ve been told they’re a top priority and that this has gone on long enough.

He said he doesn’t want to see anyone lose their jobs, but at the same time they’re trying to get a cleaner environment.

About 20 people are protesting with him. He hopes he can make people aware of the dangers.

“I just wish that people realized.”