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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Don't Pit Jobs Against Environment, Conservation Council Says

The province's Conservation Council raising concern about the argument of job creation being used to push the metal shredder project forward.

David Thompson tells CHSJ News there needs to be a full public consultation about the proposed power lines for the Fundy Coast line, and what he calls "job bullying tactics" shouldn't come into play. 

Thompson says the Conservation Council is not against the project as a whole, but they are against the power lines that are proposed for the Fundy Coast line.

He says no one was told about them in the original environmental assessment of the project that was done a year ago, and there are concerns about how vegetation around the poles will be maintained.

Thompson says people want the community to move forward in a progressive way and pitting jobs against the environment isn't the way to get things done.

Trail Getting Bridge To Fix Gap

The provincial trails council is excited about filling a missing link on the Trans Canada Trail.

Executive Director Poul Jorgensen tells CHSJ News a 220 foot suspension bridge in the Shogomock Valley will be open in the next month and a half connecting the the trail from the Quebec Border to Fredericton.

Jorgensen says getting the bridge has been an ongoing process for the last two years, but the deck is now in place.

He says the hand rails and some work on either side is what needs to be finished before it can open.