Province still investigating alleged buffer zone infractions in Belle River

Steve Sharratt
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A local concerned resident inspects the damage in Belle River in this Guardian file photo.

BELLE RIVER — The Department of Environment is still questioning people regarding alleged buffer zone infractions in Belle River farm last week as more continue.

“It’s an active investigation and there’s little we can report,’’ said Wade MacKinnon, manager of investigations. “We will be discussing the file with the Crown office before anything is confirmed.”

The incident has been constant throughout the year with mature hedgerows along the Stewart Point Road being mowed, cut down and cleared away for agricultural purposes.

The lack of hedgerows and ditches filled in with soil were obvious after Monday’s downpour of snow, freezing rain and rain and photographs were sent to this newspaper.

“A number of people are being asked for information,’’ said one local resident who has been contacted by the department.

Permits were not issued for the cutting of 30-foot trees along an entire kilometre of the roadway leading to the Northumberland Strait.

The cuttings have now spread to a stretch along the Trans-Canada highway as well.

Local MLA Charlie McGeoghegan has been contacted by outraged residents who allege three infractions, including the violation and destruction of a wetland


The land is question is in the Big Point road area on the south shore of eastern P.E.I.

Organizations: Department of Environment

Geographic location: Belle River, Stewart Point Road, Big Point Eastern P.E.I.

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  • Concerned Citizen
    December 12, 2012 - 16:24

    Thank heavens "INTOBED" commented. I was concerned that he would miss a chance to slam farmers, and that just wouldn't be right. Why don't we wait for the investigation to be completed? Also, why doesn't the MLA for the area know who the farmer is who's involved in this? Sounds strange. Maybe INTOBED could save everyone a lot of time and money and just sentence the farmer to 100 years in prison. That seems to be the tone of all of his posts. By the way, the reporter seems to get away with using a lot of quotes that don't identify the speaker, ie. the people who are quoted as being upset don't have to give their names in a story? I notice he does that in several stories. Why is that? Is it proper?

    • intobed
      December 13, 2012 - 14:55

      No, just give the farmer a hefty fine for putting greed over the environment, and make them remediate the mess they made. If they can't afford it, they can sell the farm to pay the fine and the repair of the environmental damage. Hopefully, other farmers will learn from this action, and start taking care of the environment as they are supposed to.

  • Chet
    December 12, 2012 - 16:14

    The stalling stage. It is not like they do not know who did it. Do we still have a land registry for deeds and such????? Maybe not.

  • ben barr
    December 12, 2012 - 15:37

    never send a fox to check the hen house, old canada saying

  • which is it
    December 12, 2012 - 11:43

    The article says Stewart Point Rd in the 3rd paragraph. Then the last paragraph says it is the Big Point Rd. So which is it?

  • intobed
    December 12, 2012 - 10:46

    It will be just like he fish kills. Lots of investigations that never seem to have a conclusion, with nothing done about the problem. We must not upset the farmers, after all.

    • LML
      December 12, 2012 - 21:37

      This is for INTOBED - What would you have for food without the farmers in this world ?????? You should be thankful for the farmers !!!