Nice award, but...
Bay Roberts has received a nice award for “environmental sustainability” for their “exemplary efforts” on the Shearstown Estuary. The recognition has left the Coley’s Point Concerned Citizens group scratching their heads wondering what’s the difference between wildlife on one side of town and the other? See their letter to the editor.
I’m writing this letter in response to the story in last week’s Compass, regarding the Bay Roberts Town Council receiving an Environmental Award for its work in protecting the estuary between Bay Roberts and Spaniard’s Bay.
I would first like to congratulate Pat George and her group as well as the council for the work they have done.
However, I really can’t help but wonder what is the difference between the black ducks and that particular body of water and the black ducks and wildlife of salt ponds located in Coley’s Point?
As chair of the Coley’s Point Concerned Citizens group, along with other dedicated group members, I can attest to the fact that we have been fighting tooth and nail for 10 plus years to save our two salt ponds and the wildlife in and around the ponds - with no help from this very council.
They have approved in principle every application submitted by a local business to completely infill these two ponds. They have also done nothing to stop or
We have been fighting tooth and nail for 10 plus years to save our two salt ponds and the wildlife in and around the ponds - with no help from this very council.
fix/remove any illegal infilling that has been done by this company to date.
There was actually a DFO licensed eel fishery out of these ponds that was destroyed by the improper infilling carried out without permission or approval.
Who stepped in to help us protect this degradation? No one!
There has even been a fraudulent petition submitted to the department of Environment to show false support for this infilling that was investigated by the RCMP.
Most recently, there was an investigation by the department of Environment that proved there was illegal infilling done by this company.
The result of that investigation was - get ready for this now - the company was asked to now apply for the title to this crown land they had already acquired. Where is the deterrent for future illegal activity there?
I suggest that anyone looking for title to crown land to build a cabin to go ahead and build it, then apply for title, because, apparently, the precedent has already been set that this is okay. Why not? It was okay for this company to do so.
Again I ask, what is the difference between the protection of the environment and the wildlife of the Estuary and the environment and wildlife in Coley’s Point? Can anyone answer that question? Frustrated and looking for answers.
Charlene Dawe-Roach Coley’s Point Concerned Citizen’s
Group Coley’s Point