Northern Pulp and Paper's funding request, land access denied

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The Canadian Press - The general manager of a pulp mill in Pictou County says he was caught by surprise to learn the premier is denying the mill's request for more access to Crown land and financial aid.

Don Breen says the Northern Pulp and Paper mill needs fibre in order to survive.

Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil said Thursday during a speech to a business luncheon that the request from Northern Pulp and Paper for access to harvest an added 500,000 green metric tonnes of fibre is being turned down.

McNeil said his office is also refusing to fund an oxygen delineation project at the mill in Abercrombie at a cost of $27 million to $30 million.

Breen says the mill believed the government was still considering its request, and he only learned otherwise through media reports.

A spokeswoman said the government will honour a commitment made by the previous NDP government allowing Northern Pulp and Paper to harvest 125,000 green metric tonnes of fibre.

Organizations: NDP

Geographic location: Northern Pulp, Abercrombie

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