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LETTER: Rebuttal made to opinion piece on Northern Pulp

To the editor,

I and many others are dismayed when we read letters from people that are obviously not well informed about the proposed effluent plan put forward recently by NPNS.

pulp mill has been spewing air pollution for more than 50 years and the people of Pictou County living under the cloud of that have paid dearly. The mill has also been spewing a very contaminated water chemical mix out for the same time. The current proposed plan is to continue both, and pipe the still contaminated water out into the fishing grounds of Caribou Harbour.

In making a proposal plan the mill forgot to ask the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal if they could lay a large pipe alongside the provincial highway. A break of that pipe would be disaster for traffic and the environment. The DOT has since wisely objected. They ignored the Town of Pictou who objected to the pipe being laid through the watershed. They did no studies about what billions of litres of still polluted water and wood bits would do to the fishery in the outer harbour and all along the north shore. They waited until the last minute to file a plan thinking they could continue to dump pollution into Boat Harbour past Jan. 30, 2020.

For anyone that cares to read the list of the objections published by the government the list of ignored topics is long. The writer implies the pollution should continue in and over Pictou County. He worries about the forestry industry after the mill closes.

Much has been written about how well the forestry could be after the mill closes. Both the industry and the forests have long suffered from the dictates of the NPNS pulp mill and L & F ministry that allowed the bad management of Crown forests. The transition to a better managed forest industry will greatly benefit all who join in. Those that refuse to change will go out of business.

Some have already made the change and more are planning to, including the First Nations of N.S. There will be more jobs in the forest industry after the mill closes than there is now. Selection harvesting and better forest management require more people.

Those that resist change and employ large expensive harvesters might be wise to not be buying new ones just now. Smaller selective machines will be required. Clear cutting will almost cease as a harvesting method.

Don Wilson,

Brule Point

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