Amherst’s mayor ex­presses dis­ap­point­ment at waste­water patch

Town dis­con­tin­ues ne­go­ti­a­tions with At­lantic In­dus­trial Ser­vices

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAR­RELL COLE

AMHERST - Amherst’s mayor is dis­ap­pointed a dis­cus­sion over the dis­posal of frack­ing waste­water went the way it did.

Speak­ing at the end of Mon­day night’s town coun­cil meet­ing, Robert Small said protests and a Face­book site op­posed to the pro­posal pre­vented an open dis­cus­sion on the sub­ject and led to threats, in­sults, bul­ly­ing and mis­in­for­ma­tion.

“While I do re­spect those op­posed to frack­ing, the project coun­cil had been con­sid­er­ing had noth­ing do with the ap­proval of frack­ing in our town, nor did it have any­thing to do with the treat­ment of frack­ing waste in our town,” the mayor said in a pre­pared state­ment. “Coun­cil was con­sid­er­ing per­mit­ting clean wa­ter that has gone through sig­nif­i­cant treat­ment pro­cesses to en­sure that any con­tami- nant has been re­moved through the treat­ment process.

“That be­ing said, those who or­ga­nized the demon­stra­tion did not at­tend the in­for­ma­tion ses­sion or pur­sue any in­for­ma­tion from the town. In­stead they de­cided to present the wrong in­for­ma­tion and mis­lead the peo­ple into think­ing that coun­cil was ap­prov­ing frack­ing and the dis­charge of frack­ing waste­water with­out any con­sid­er­a­tion for the en­vi­ron­ment.”

The mayor said those who sup­ported the pro­posal did so for their own per­sonal rea­sons, but he added it’s fair to say they did not ex­pect to “face cir­cum­stances where the pub­lic was be­ing mis­lead and the re­sult­ing per­sonal at­tacks be­came over­whelm­ing for some.”

Small said he’s dis­ap­pointed the town could not pro­ceed with hav­ing En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Randy Delorey present the facts and he’s dis­ap­pointed the town is “miss­ing a great op­por­tu­nity to gain some rev­enue to help our com­mu­nity.

“Ul­ti­mately for us, in small town Nova Sco­tia, it is the im­por­tance of com­mu­nity that mat­ters most, it is not the money,” Small added. “We as a coun­cil do not want any­one to live in fear. We have made some amaz­ing im­prove­ments in our town in th­ese past six years and we have lots of plans for the fu­ture of our town, that we will con­tinue to work on.”

Amherst an­nounced ear­lier Mon­day that it is walk­ing away from talks with a De­bert company about ac­cept­ing treated waste­water used in hy­draulic frac­tur­ing in Hants County sev­eral years ago.

Dur­ing an in-cam­era meet­ing on Sun­day, staff pro­vided an up­date on the ne­go­ti­a­tions. At the end of that dis­cus­sion, coun­cil opted to end the process.

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