The Mano­lis L cleanup came about through steely de­ter­mi­na­tion

Northern Pen - - Local Mayors Look Back At 2018 - BY SARAH LADIK THE CEN­TRAL VOICE NOTRE DAME BAY, N.L.

It’s not ev­ery day, as a jour­nal­ist, you get to cruise around in trucks, chop­pers, and boats, or cover the clean-up ef­forts of one of the big­gest po­ten­tial en­vi­ron­men­tal crises on our coast.

Re­port­ing the oil re­cov­ery ef­forts at the Mano­lis L site in Notre Dame Bay, just out from Her­ring Neck, was cer­tainly an ex­pe­ri­ence I won’t for­get.

The story, how­ever, came to­gether as a re­sult of a team ef­fort, in­clud­ing Jenn Hoegg on web desk and ed­i­tors at The Tele­gram who took over later that night, af­ter I had filed. This is to say noth­ing of the many years’ worth of sto­ries on the loom­ing catas­tro­phe by re­porters be­fore me.

My fi­nal source for my own con­tri­bu­tion to the nar­ra­tive was Carolyn Par­sons, co-leader of the group who spent five years lob­by­ing var­i­ous lev­els of gov­ern­ment to get the clean-up un­der­way. She was also – not coin­ci­den­tally – the re­porter who broke the story for the now-de­funct Pi­lot.

“Since Au­gust the op­er­a­tion to re­move the oil has been com­pleted,” Par­sons, now a reg­u­lar colum­nist for the Cen­tral Voice, wrote Dec. 7.

The oil has been dis­posed of, and a fi­nal re­port by the Cana­dian Coast Guard and con­trac­tor Ar­dent Global is to be pre­sented at Coast of BaysCen­tral-Notre Dame MP Scott Simms’s of­fice in Gan­der in the Cana­dian Coast Guard work­ers prac­tice work­ing with the har­bour buster in an ex­er­cise at the site of the Mano­lis L wreck in Notre Dame Bay

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“I cried when I learned the op­er­a­tion was com­plete, from re­lief,” Par­sons wrote. “It’s also sur­real that a small, grass­roots or­ga­ni­za­tion started in a tiny com­mu­nity like Change

Is­lands lob­bied the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and was suc­cess­ful. We also know that our ef­forts im­pacted leg­is­la­tion that hope­fully will mean this is a bat­tle oth­ers won’t have to fight.”

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The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment has still not made a de­ci­sion on whether to clear the veg­e­ta­tion from the Muskrat Falls reser­voir and soon it will be a moot point. The Nu­natsi­avut gov­ern­ment has asked the prov­ince to fol­low through on the rec­om­men­da­tion from the In­de­pen­dent Ex­pert Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee, which will mit­i­gate the po­ten­tial for methylmer­cury en­ter­ing the food sup­ply in Labrador, but Nu­natsi­avut pres­i­dent Jo­hannes Lampe said they have got­ten no re­sponse from gov­ern­ment.

PHOTO BY SARAH LADIK

Sarah Ladik

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