North Rustico – Rustico-Emerald MLA Brad Trivers is urging the province to delay approving a shellfish processing development on Rustico Bay until further public consultations can be completed.
“Many residents are telling me they haven’t been given enough time and information to fully understand and consider the project, and its potential impacts to the area - on the environment, existing residents, and future residential development.”, says Trivers.
The Raspberry Point Oyster Company is proposing to construct a processing facility on the Grand Pere Point Road on Rustico Bay, as well as expand oyster production in the bay by adding 20,000 oyster cages. The province is currently seeking public feedback on the permit application period which closes this week.
“The area has great potential and the provincial government has the legislative responsibility to consult with the community with respect to a long-term vision and land use plan before any development decisions are made. That’s why I have written the Minister of Communities, Land & Environment to urge an extension of the public feedback period.”, Trivers concluded.