The owners of the idled Northern Pulp mill in Pictou County, N.S., have been granted another six months of protection from creditors. British Columbia Supreme Court justice Shelley Fitzpatrick approved the extension to April 28, 2023, on Monday afternoon. The case is being heard in B.C. because the mill’s owner, Paper Excellence, is based in Metro Vancouver. The Northern Pulp mill shut down in January 2020 after the Nova Scotia government closed the mill’s provincially owned wastewater treatment facility at Boat Harbour, Pictou County. Paper Excellence and the Province of Nova Scotia have been engaged in court-ordered mediation on multiple disputes arising from the mill closure. “We are thankful that the court has approved our requests and that we can continue to work toward operating a new mill in Nova Scotia,” Paper Excellence spokesperson Sean Lewis said in a statement to CBC News Monday.