Stay­ing put

Com­pany re­mains com­mit­ted to Pla­cen­tia Bay project

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY COLIN FAR­RELL THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE Colin.far­rell@south­erngazette.ca

Grieg NL’s Per Grieg told an au­di­ence in Marystown last week his com­pany is plan­ning to re­main in the area long term.

Per Grieg, chair of Grieg NL, spoke about the re­cent de­lays to the com­pany’s aqua­cul­ture project in Marystown dur­ing a meet­ing held at St. Gabriel’s Hall on Aug. 2.

In mid July, New­found­land and Labrador Supreme Court Jus­tice Gil­lian But­ler or­dered the prov­ince to get a full en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact state­ment from Grieg NL, for its pro­posed project in Marystown. Grieg told The South­ern Gazette fol­low­ing the meet­ing that he is un­sure how long the project could be de­layed while await­ing an en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact state­ment (EIS).

“I don’t think any­body re­ally knows, be­cause we feel we have done an En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact Study al­ready,” he said. “We have done all that work that has been asked (of) us, and now we are ready to start.”

Grieg said the com­pany has a de­sign for the pro­posed hatch­ery, and the site is ready.

“We even have the fi­nanc­ing, so we want to start do­ing, we want to start hir­ing…”

Grieg said the rul­ing from the court puts things at a stand­still un­til a res­o­lu­tion is found.

“I can­not be­lieve . . . this rul­ing that tem­po­rally has stopped a lit­tle bit of the progress in the project will stand,” he said. “We be­lieve things will change but we don’t know . . . there is al­ways a process risk here.”

Grieg re­it­er­ated the com­pany is com­mit­ted to in­vest­ing in the area.

“We are here long term,” he said. “This is a long-term in­vest­ment, a long-term in­dus­try . . . the pro­duc­tion cy­cle is three years and you learn a lot dur­ing the first three to four pro­duc­tion cy­cles, so you will not be ed­u­cated here be­fore we have been here at least 10 years.”

COLIN FAR­RELL/ THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

Per Grieg, chair of Grieg NL, says the com­pany is look­ing for­ward to be­ing in the com­mu­nity for the long term.

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