Tracadie expands pesticide ban ahead of NB Power spray operation

It looks like using pesticides in Tracadie could become a thing of the past.

Last year Tracadie's council voted to ban the use of glyphosate and is now looking to extend the ban to other pesticides.

The motion was unanimously accepted on Monday and is expected to be ratified in the town's rural plan in the coming months.

Meanwhile, New Brunswick's Department of Environment has given the 'green light' to NB Power to spray herbicide products, some containing glyphosate, on around 1,500 hectares of transmission Rights-of-Way this summer.

Spraying is expected to begin mid-June and continue until mid-August.

Affected areas include lines running from Miramichi to Bathurst, Bathurst to Caraquet, Bathurst to Belledune, Eel River to Tide head and Eel River Terminal.

NB Power says the selective herbicide application prevents regrowth of hardwoods, and promotes lower-growing plants like grasses, shrubs, ferns and berries that do not interfere with power lines.

It's not known whether Bathurst intends to follow suit in banning herbicides or pesticides.

We've reached out to City Hall for comment.

(with files from CKLE)