VOCM - NEWFOUNDLAND
Grieg Aquaculture Taking Advantage Of Weak Regulations, Says Lawyer Challenging Release
September 21, 2016
The lawyer behind the application to overturn Greig Seafood's release from an environmental review says they don't have a leg to stand on.
Owen Myers filed an application to the Supreme Court after he says Environment and Conservation Minister Perry Trimper failed to follow the regulations surrounding environmental assessments for projects like Grieg's proposed salmon farm.
According to Myers, under Section 25 of the Environmental Assessment Regulations the Minister is required to demand an environmental impact statement when either there is a risk of significant environmental damage or there is significant public concern.
Myers says beyond the legal reasons to file with the Supreme Court, there are a host of other reasons why the project should be halted.
He says there are so many obvious problems with the project he doesn't understand how it could have happened in the first place. The sterilized fish are already a problem in Norway and while Norway has strict regulations for sea-lice this province has none.
The date for the Supreme Court to hear Myers application is set for January 20.
Myers says it's pretty black and white. He says the Norwegian company sees the province as some sort of "banana republic" they can take advantage of and the government doesn't care as long as a few jobs are created and they get reelected.