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Rally against Northern Pulp effluent pipeline into the Northumberland Strait, July 6

A major No Pipe rally is being organized for Friday July 6 – starting at noon-hour – in the Town of Pictou, Nova Scotia.

The Council of Canadians will be there because we are opposed to a plan that would see the Northern Pulp-owned Abercrombie Point mill in Nova Scotia move up to 90 million litres of effluent a day via a 10.5 kilometre pipeline across the floor of Pictou Harbour and then release it through six pipes into the Northumberland Strait.

The Pictou Landing First Nation, Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq chiefs, the Maritime Fishermen’s Union, the Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association, the New Brunswick Fisheries Association, the Gulf Nova Scotia Fleet Planning Board and numerous other groups have also expressed concerns about this proposal.

The mill announced its plans for the treatment plant in December 2017 and is to submit an environmental assessment to Nova Scotia’s Environment Department in July of this year. The company says the new facility must be installed by 2020 to replace the Boat Harbour lagoon, adjacent to the Mi’kmaq community of Pictou Landing First Nation, where an estimated trillion litres of effluent from the mill has flowed into since 1966.

The Council of Canadians has supported opposition to Northern Pulp’s effluent pipeline plan for months now:

  • the North Shore chapter hosted an event with Joan Baxter – author The Mill – Fifty Years of Pulp and Protest – on December 12;

  • the chapter hosted Baxter again at its annual meeting on March 25;

  • the PEI chapter hosted Baxter at a public forum on April 8; and

  • the PEI chapter wrote the federal environment minister today calling for an environmental assessment of this proposal.

In the lead-up to the July 6 rally, please take a moment to support the call for a federal environmental assessment by clicking here.