Shoal Point Amec report discussed
Provincial government looking to Federal Government for help
Of the options on the table from the Amec Report on Shoal Point leakage, the recommendation being supported is the third option – which is reclamation of the site.
After absorbing the contents of the report, members of the Port au Port Bay Fishery Committee, Qalipu Chief Brendan Mitchell and government representatives discussed the matter at Days Inn in Stephenville on Thursday.
On hand with Stephenville-Port au Port MHA John Finn were Eddie Joyce, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment and Siobhan Coady, Minister of Natural Resources.
The report, which was released in June, has three options including: monitoring the situation, some form of repair, or a more extensive repair – which would involve reclaiming the well.
Joyce said the well is already being monitored and through that it was learned that it is leaking at times and at other times there is no leakage. He said from the report itself, it’s believed there’s also some natural seepage taking place in the area.
The minister said while the work that was carried out at the location was only a temporary measure, there is a major decrease in the amount of leakage taking place.
Joyce said the Federal Government gave $30 million to Alberta to reclaim old wells, so now they are in the process of writing the Federal Government to ask them for help with reclaiming these old wells at Shoal Point.
Bob Diamond, a member of the Port au Port Bay Fishery Committee, said while members are in favour of reclamation of the wells, they’re also concerned about how long it might take to get that done, that it could be years.
Joyce said the provincial government has a great relationship with the Federal Government and while he couldn’t give committee members a timeline of when it could be done, they are certainly following up with the Federal Government.
“It would be disingenuous to give a timeline if you can’t meet it. If we can’t get the money from the Federal Government to do the job, then I’ll go back and meet with the committee again,” he said.
Joyce said as far as he’s concerned, everyone is working together to try and get this issue resolved as quickly as possible.
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