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Survey work resumes for Northern Pulp without incident

A survey boat can be seen near Pier C in Pictou this week. Earlier this year it was forced by fishermen to return on Tuesday, Oct. 23.
A survey boat can be seen near Pier C in Pictou this week. Earlier this year it was forced by fishermen to return on Tuesday, Oct. 23. - Brendan Ahern

PICTOU, N.S. – Survey operations on the sea floor of the Northumberland Strait began Thursday after being delayed because of poor weather earlier in the week.

One of the Geo Tech survey boats was at Pier C on Monday, and a second larger one was tied up with it on Tuesday, but because of the weather the company wasn’t able to begin work until Thursday.

“Weather has allowed the crew to conduct work today,” said Kathy Cloutier, Director of Corporate Communications for Paper Excellence Canada on Thursday. “Surveying is anticipated to occur for approximately four weeks, weather dependent.”

In 2018 survey work in the strait was delayed by fishermen protesting the controversial pipeline. Northern Pulp sought a temporary injunction prohibiting future interference while surveyors assess the site for the proposed pipeline’s discharge point.

The injunction, which both Northern Pulp and fishermen agreed to on Jan. 28, prohibits any further interference.

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