Raitt firm on MV Miner stance

No plans to help province pay for cleanup

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF

The cleanup may have ended last month but the province shouldn’t ex­pect any soft­en­ing from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment when it comes to pay­ing for the cleanup of the MV Miner.

The 12,000-tonne, 223-me­tre bulk car­rier ran aground off Scatarie Is­land af­ter a tow line snapped in rough seas dur­ing transit to Tur­key from Mon­treal in Septem­ber 2011. Since then, Ot­tawa and Nova Sco­tia have been at odds over who should pay for the re­moval of the wreck­age. Fed­eral Trans­port Min­is­ter Lisa Raitt, a Syd­ney na­tive, has al­ready re­jected pro­vin­cial re­quests for fi­nan­cial help, say­ing the cleanup wasn’t an im­ped­i­ment to nav­i­ga­tion, and there­fore Trans­port Canada is not in­volved. Mean­while, the province says the to­tal cost of re­mov­ing the MV Miner will ex­ceed the orig­i­nal $11.9-mil­lion bud­get be­cause of the ex­tra as­bestos and diesel fuel found aboard the ves­sel.

On Wed­nes­day, just af­ter mak­ing an air­port an­nounce­ment, Raitt re­it­er­ated her stance.

“Again, no and I’ve told ( pro­vin­cial) Min­is­ter (Ge­off ) MacLel­lan about that as well from the be­gin­ning,” said Raitt dur­ing a scrum at J.A. Dou­glas McCurdy Syd­ney Air­port.

When asked if she would change her mind if the fed­eral gov­ern­ment re­ceived a bill from the province, Raitt was suc­cinct. “No.” Raitt did say her depart­ment is look­ing at the is­sue of derelict and aban­doned ves­sels and how this can be avoided in the fu­ture.

CAPE BRE­TON POST

Trans­port Min­is­ter Lisa Raitt an­nounces money to pur­chase fire­fight­ing equip­ment for J.A. Dou­glas McCurdy Syd­ney Air­port on Wed­nes­day.

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