Ap­proval granted for sea cu­cum­ber fa­cil­ity in Tus­ket

Res­i­dents re­main con­cerned about po­ten­tial prob­lems


In what some coun­cil mem­bers said was a very tough de­ci­sion, the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Ar­gyle voted to sup­port a de­vel­op­ment agree­ment for a sea cu­cum­ber phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity in the Tus­ket busi­ness park.

The re­sult was tight – five coun­cil mem­bers in favour, four against.

Res­i­dents liv­ing near the pro­ject site have wor­ried about the pro­ject’s en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact. A good num­ber of them turned out for a spe­cial Ar­gyle coun­cil meet­ing where the pro­ject was dis­cussed.

e big­gest is­sue seemed to be po­ten­tial for a foul odour.

ose who op­pose the pro­ject have said they are not against busi­ness or eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, but they feel this type of op­er­a­tion should be in an­other lo­ca­tion.

The Tus­ket busi­ness park is near a res­i­den­tial park that was de­vel­oped around 2009. ere are seven fam­ily homes in the res­i­den­tial park. e pro­ject’s de­vel­oper, Jules Leblanc, pres­i­dent of Ocean Pride Fish­eries in Wedge­port, has said he’s con dent the Tus­ket fa­cil­ity would not be a nui­sance.

He said he chose the Tus­ket site for sev­eral rea­sons, in­clud­ing the avail­abil­ity of wa­ter and sewer ser­vices, its prox­im­ity to a ma­jor high­way and the var­i­ous ameni­ties in the Tus­ket area. He also wanted the new busi­ness to be as close to home as pos­si­ble.

e pro­ject is ex­pected to cre­ate eight to 10 jobs ini­tially, with an­other eight to 10 in the sec­ond phase, ac­cord­ing to an as­sess­ment of the pro­posal pre­pared re­cently for Ar­gyle coun­cil. Jobs would in­clude me­chan­i­cal and lab tech­ni­cians, en­gi­neers and sup­port sta , the re­port said.

For those against the pro­posal, there are too many un­cer­tain­ties.

A let­ter that was read from Matthew and Krista O’connell, own­ers of one of the lots in the Tus­ket park, in­di­cated they feel the risks of the pro­ject “far out­weigh the ben­e­fits.” Among other things, they ex­pressed con­cern about how the de­vel­op­ment could di­min­ish prop­erty val­ues.

On the other side, pro­po­nents say much ef­fort has gone into mit­i­gat­ing any is­sues as­so­ci­ated with the pro­ject and the de­vel­op­ment agree­ment is solid. An odour prob­lem could re­sult in the op­er­a­tion be­ing shut down.

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