our resources • our future
Friends of the Northumberland Strait is a community group concerned about Northern Pulp’s proposed wastewater treatment facility and its potential impact on the environment. Our goal is to create a better future together by protecting the water, air, land and resources of our region, so that we can thrive for
generations to come.
"The date is the date."
- Chief Andrea Paul -
Pictou Landing First Nation
For 53 years, Pictou Landing First Nation endured air and water pollution from pulp mill effluent that flowed into their sacred A'se'k (Boat Harbour). Since 1991 the NS Government has broken multiple promises to Pictou Landing First Nation to stop the pollution and return A'se'k back to a tidal estuary. On December 18, 2019, Premier McNeil kept his promise and honoured the Boat Harbour Act. Pulp effluent no longer runs into Boat Harbour and the site is currently under going a federal environmental assessment for remediation.
Northern Pulp gets sent back to the drawing board.... twice
Many organizations, professionals, concerned citizens and local knowledge holders responded to both rounds of Northern Pulp's provincial EA process. Their responses contain valuable knowledge of the geographical area and draw attention to errors, gaps and contradictions in Northern Pulp’s applications. Nova Scotia's Minister of Environment agreed the company has more work to do. Northern Pulp says they have put their environmental assessment process on hold. The mill is currently closed..
The Change Is Real
After 53 years of air and water pollution from a bleached kraft pulp mill, the air is lighter and the water is clearer in Pictou County and in neighbouring communities.