Sherry fails on Plan B

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Editor:

I would like to know why Environment Minister Janice Sherry did not stop work on the Plan B TCH project on Dec. 11 when it was discovered that mitigations put in place to reduce damage to the environment had failed in areas where work was ongoing?

Is it because in her department money and time contraints trump environmental protections? Is it because there was some fine print in the conditional approval, that none of us could read, that said ‘when time and money become an issue, all the other conditions are null and void’?

I was on the work site on Dec. 11 with other public monitors while the water ran red, while silt/sediment poured from the work site into the watercourses, while mitigations failed, while failed mitigations were ignored and work continued.

The public is not ignorant. We do understand that the conditions Minister Sherry put in place in order for this TCH project to go head were ignored. She knew public concern for this project would be high and knew we were watching. Dec. 11 was not only a test of the mitigations, it was a test of the minister’s conditional approval. A test which she failed.

I would like to know if Minister Sherry gave approval for work to continue on the site on Dec. 11 at the expense of repairing mitigations? I would like to ask her to address the public and explain why her conditions were ignored?

I would like to ask her to explain to the public why they should still trust anything she says regarding this project or future projects?

Gail Rhyno,

Charlottetown

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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