B.C. Supreme Court to decide fate of Northern Pulp deal

By Jean Laroche
CBC News
May 30, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

NOVA SCOTIA — A BC Supreme Court judge will decide the fate Friday of a deal between Northern Pulp and the Nova Scotia government that Premier Tim Houston has called “fair to all sides.” At the heart of this negotiated settlement is the permanent closure of the company’s pulp mill in Pictou County, N.S., and the promise to look at opening a new operation in Liverpool. A $450-million lawsuit against the province would also be withdrawn. If the deal is approved, Paper Excellence has promised to begin work to determine the feasibility of building and running a new pulp mill in the South Shore. …But Kim Masland, the local MLA said she’s also heard from constituents concerned about living across the harbour from Northern Pulp’s mill. …Masland said she was encouraged by the fact a new mill would be using the latest technology and built to meet today’s environmental standards.

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