Shoal Point Amec re­port dis­cussed

Pro­vin­cial govern­ment look­ing to Fed­eral Govern­ment for help

The Western Star - - Close To Home - BY FRANK GALE [email protected]­ern­star.com Twit­ter: @WS_FrankGale

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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