Opponents not surprised Northern Pulp's effluent pipeline will need new route

Opponents of Northern Pulp's proposed pipeline to pipe effluent into the Northumberland Strait say they're not surprised the company's plan has to be altered.

A recent sonar study found ice scouring along the pipeline's proposed route off Pictou, and the mill says that means the pipeline may have to go into deeper waters to avoid the ice that scrapes along the ocean bottom near the outfall.

Ronnie Heighton, the president of the Northumberland Fishermen's Association says they've told Northern Pulp all along the plan wouldn't work; that the waters in the area were too shallow and there was ice scouring.

He says this is the time for the mill to go back to the drawing board and come up with a completely different solution that would not involve discharging pulp effluent into the Northumberland Strait.

Jill Graham-Scanlan, President of Friends of the Northumberland Strait (FONS) agrees.

She says the NOPIPE Land and Sea Rally planned for Friday is now more important than ever.

Friday's rally at Pictou Harbour has been organized by Friends of the Northumberland Strait and the Northumberland Fisherman’s Association.

People will meet at the Pictou Exhibition Grounds in preparation for the 12:30 p.m. march to the Pictou waterfront, while boats will sail into the harbour at 1 p.m.