Vulcan addressing EA conditions in preparation for early 2018 decision

By Helen Murphy    

GUYSBOROUGH – The various conditions attached to environmental approval (EA) of the Black Point Quarry project are keeping Vulcan Materials Company busy as it progresses toward a final investment decision in early 2018.

“These conditions do come with the need for numerous plans,” Vulcan geologist Chris Ridgway told The Journal during an interview Monday. “They take time and effort to put together, especially when you are dealing with issues around wetlands and fish habitats, for example.” Still the project remains on track with Vulcan’s initial schedule for development.

“Obviously everybody would like us to step on it,” Ridgway said about feedback from meetings they have locally every few months now. “We’re doing what we can.”

Officials from the Alabama-based company had a series of meetings here in January and will be back for more discussions in early May.

“We always get asked, ‘When are you starting?’”

The January discussions included a meeting of the project’s community liaison committee at the Queensport Fire Hall. The company brought in their procurement energy manager to discuss how Vulcan uses power at its quarries, how much they consume and at what times of the day. Ridgway said they always ask their local committees what they want to learn more about and this topic was raised as a point of interest.

Vulcan officials also met with MODG council for a status update. In Halifax they met with Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans for a review of the EA conditions. Ridgway said a number of follow up studies are planned.