Vulcan Materials gets fishermen’s backing for quarry

Vulcan Materials and Morien Resources proposed Black Point Quarry  in Guysborough, NS has the backing of local fishermen.

Vulcan Materials welcomes the support. “We believe that this letter of endorsement for the Black Point Quarry Project reflects the overall desire of the community and validates the ongoing dialogue we have had and continue to have with the fishing industry here in Guysborough County,” says Frank Lieth, Vulcan’s director of geological services.

Eugen O’Leary, president of the Guysborough County Inshore Fishermen’s Association  said: “We have been impressed with the way the project partners, Vulcan and Morien, have approached the issue of the fishery in their development discussions,”

“What we have done today is endorse the process to date based upon the work and commitments the developers have made to our industry. If that relationship were to change, obviously we would need to reconsider our support, but based on our involvement so far, our members are very comfortable adding our support for this very important development in our community and expect it to continue through the life of this project.”
 
In a letter presented to the developers on Monday in Canso, the fishermen’s association described the consultative relationship that led to their endorsement. GCIFA members attended a public information session on the project and then were directly contacted by Vulcan Materials, on behalf of Morien Resources, for consultation “after the fishing industry had requested specific information on the project that we felt might impact our industry and marine environment.” 

The letter states that the developers were “very open to meeting and addressing specific concerns voiced by the fishermen regarding their operations at the proposed quarry site.
 
The letter of endorsement comes shortly after the Municipality of the District of Guysborough released a survey of residents that indicated 89 percent of those responding supported the Black Point Quarry Project.
 
The project includes quarry development and aggregates production on an undeveloped, 354 hectare property, along with the construction and operation of a marine terminal adjacent to the quarry in Chedabucto Bay. Processed aggregates will be off-loaded into Panamax size bulk carriers and transported to ports along the Eastern and Gulf Coasts of the United States and potentially to markets in Canada and the Caribbean.
 
The proposed location is ideally suited due to its proximity to deep water, which is sheltered and ice-free, enabling construction of a deep water marine terminal for aggregates shipment. The quarry and terminal are anticipated to have capital costs of $80-$110 million and will be a significant employer in Guysborough County throughout the expected 50+ year lifespan of the quarry.
 
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