Tag Archives: Premier Stephen McNeil

Feds to conduct environmental assessment of Boat Harbour cleanup

Nova Scotia’s biggest contaminated site will get a federal environmental assessment before the cleanup begins. The decision was based on submitted comments and the possibility that carrying out the project may cause adverse environmental effects, the federal government said in a news release late Friday night. Northern Pulp’s waste treatment plant at Boat Harbour is scheduled to close in January 2020, as laid out in provincial legislation passed by the Liberals in April 2015. The pulp mill has said it needs a one-year extension to get a replacement plant up and running because it cannot operate without a treatment facility. Premier Stephen McNeil has refused to extend the deadline of the closure. >click to read<14:42

Expert questions BP’s drilling plans for offshore Nova Scotia

An engineering expert and former oil industry consultant has raised the alarm on BP Canada Energy Group’s plans to drill off Nova Scotia. “Given BP’s current proposals for exploratory drilling offshore Nova Scotia, the likelihood of an uncontrolled blowout exceeds the upper limits for tolerability of exploratory well drilling risks,” said Robert Bea in his risk analysis of BP’s plans.,, “Based on the information provided by BP, the blowout risk is clearly not acceptable,” Bea said in an interview Monday. >click to read<

‘Concern and confusion’: Premier slams logic behind marine protected area choices

Premier Stephen McNeil personally warned a federal panel on marine protected areas on Friday its decisions could have dire consequences for Nova Scotians who make their living from the North Atlantic Ocean. Banning fishing and other activities in protected areas has a huge impact on communities, particularly those along the province’s Eastern Shore, he told the National Advisory Panel on Marine Protected Area Standards in Moncton.,, “To date, we are not seeing decisions based on science, research or fact,” he told the group during his eight-minute prepared speech. >click to read<12:02

Premier in Asia to help N.S. seafood firms promote products

Representatives of five Nova Scotia seafood companies promoted their products, with help from Premier Stephen McNeil, at an event in Guangzhou, China Monday. Asia is the third-largest market for Nova Scotia seafood exports and the companies provided chef demonstrations and company presntations. Seafood exports to the region made $132 million in 2014, according to a government media release. The companies are: Gidney Fisheries of Centreville, NovaCan Live Seafood of Arichat, United Trans of Halifax, Atlantic Canada Resources of Dartmouth and Ocean Pride Fisheries from Lower Wedgeport. Read the rest here 13:36