Zann hopeful community concerns will be addressed

October 24, 2014

(Truro, NS) NDP MLA Lenore Zann says she is hopeful that community concerns being raised about a project near Alton, Colchester County will be addressed at a meeting taking place next week.

Zann successfully arranged a meeting next week between Chief Rufus Copage of the Shubenacadie Band Council and the President of Alton Gas, David Birkett, along with the Minister of Economic Development for the Province.

“Chief Copage says he has not been consulted on this issue so I think it’s important this meeting happen so they can discuss this project directly, face-to-face,” said Zann.

Discussion will include possible alternate solutions other than pumping 9 million litres of salt brine per day into the Shubenacadie River for three years in order to carve out the salt caverns.

The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs has also requested that the Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative continue consultation with the Crown on the project to ensure the protection of the environment and wildlife.

Alton gas began work earlier this year on the initial $130-million phase of the project, which would have three cavern wells drilled near Alton, Colchester County. The project involves a 12 km underground pipeline bringing water from the Shubenacadie River estuary to flush the salt out of the caverns to make way for gas storage. The company planned for the salt brine to be brought back to the estuary but alternate possibilities will be discussed.