MLA Zann calls for public consultation regarding disposal proposal for fracking waste

Harry Sullivan
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TRURO – NDP environment critic Lenore Zann is calling for public consultation around a proposed project that would use recycled fracking wastewater at the Lafarge cement plant in Brookfield.

“In recent weeks I’ve heard from many constituents who are concerned about a lack of information around this process,” said the MLA for Truro-Bible Hill-Salmon River-Millbrook, regarding the proposal by Lafarge for a pilot project to recycle treated wastewater for use in a rotary cement kiln at its Brookfield plant.

The community still has many questions that need to be answered directly, and a public consultation would fulfill that need, she said.

“I’m requesting a public consultation be held before the Department of Environment makes its final decision,” she said, adding the Liberal government should listen to the community and require that a hearing be held this winter.

Zann said that while Lafarge has published information about its proposed pilot project to recycle treated fracking wastewater, the community still has many questions that need to be answered directly.

“I know the department is evaluating the application to ensure the environment is protected, but given local concerns around this issue I think the review will be insufficient unless members of the public have a chance to have their say.”

Zann is also asking that Environment Minister Randy Delorey meet directly with Brookfield residents who have concerns about this proposal.

“I know the Concerned Citizens of Colchester County wrote to the department on this issue on December 17 and would like to discuss this matter with the minister,” she said. “If the minister can spare a few hours, I’m happy to arrange a private sit-down at a time that is convenient to all parties.”

hsullivan@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @tdnharry

 

Organizations: Department of Environment

Geographic location: Brookfield, Truro-Bible Hill-Salmon River, Millbrook Colchester County

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