Environmental issues delay demolition of Bas-Caraquet church destroyed by fire

Plans to demolish the charred remains of a Bas-Caraquet church destroyed by fire over the summer have been delayed.

The ruins of Saint-Paul's Catholic Church were to be demolished before winter, however that could be delayed by weeks, if not months, after it was discovered lead and heating oil seeped into the ground during the June blaze.

The Department of Environment and Local Government is working with a consultant hired by the Diocese to find an acceptable way to dispose of the debris.

The delay could give enough time to students at Laval University to pitch ideas to save what remains of the more than one hundred year old structure.

(with files from the Acadie-Nouvelle)