Prov­ince ap­peal­ing Supreme Court rul­ing on Grieg NL

Locals ap­plaud news de­liv­ered by MHA

The Southern Gazette - - NEWS - BY COLIN FAR­RELL THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

Thun­der­ous ap­plause filled the up­per level of St. Gabriel’s Hall on Wed­nes­day night as Pla­cen­tia West- Belle­vue MHA Mark Browne an­nounced the prov­ince will ap­peal the re­cent rul­ing of the Supreme Court of New­found­land and Labrador re­gard­ing the Grieg NL Pla­cen­tia Bay project.

“I will con­tinue to work hard with Carol Anne (Ha­ley), Pre­mier Ball, and our col­leagues in gov­ern­ment along with Grieg NL to make this project work for both the en­vi­ron­ment and our econ­omy,” said Brown.

“We are peo­ple of the sea in tra­di­tional and non-tra­di­tional ways, let us con­tinue to mark progress, and let us con­tinue to work to­gether un­til we get the re­sults that we de­sire and we de­serve.”

In mid-July the New­found­land and Labrador Supreme Court ruled the Aqua­cul­ture project by Grieg NL would have to sub­mit a full En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact State­ment.

Browne said there are aqua­cul­ture projects work­ing well in other parts of New­found­land and Labrador, “…and I be­lieve that it can work here as well. This project would bring tremen­dous eco­nomic ben­e­fits in terms of jobs and eco­nomic spin offs to the busi­ness com­mu­nity in the con­struc­tion phase, as well as through op­er­a­tions of a hatch­ery, ma­rine site, and pro­cess­ing.”

About 300 peo­ple at­tended

Wed­nes­day night’s meet­ing.

COLIN FAR­RELL/ THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

It was wel­come news to many at St. Gabriel’s Hall on Wed­nes­day night that the provin­cial gov­ern­ment will be ap­peal­ing the re­cent ju­di­cial rul­ing on Grieg NL. Tak­ing part in the pub­lic meet­ing were, from left, Per Grieg of Grieg NL, Mark Lane of the New­found­land Aqua­cul­ture In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion, Burin-Grand Bank MHA Carol Anne Ha­ley, Pla­cen­tia West-Belle­vue MHA Mark Browne and Loretta Lewis of the Burin Penin­sula Cham­ber of Com­merce.

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