Green tour sloshes through tar ponds |
By MATT HUNT GARDNER
SYDNEY - A publicity team rolled into Sydney on Wednesday to promote General
Motors' new hybrid-fuel vehicles and mark the coming cleanup of the tar ponds
and coke ovens.
Mission Green touts that project as one of 85 "that are creating a cleaner,
healthier environment for all Canadians."
Gary Sowerby, leader of the Mission Green national tour, said he picked Sydney
because with a recent $400-million government commitment and after 20 years of
attempts, the tar ponds and coke ovens will finally be cleaned up.
Mr. Sowerby, who lives in Halifax, gained notoriety in the 1980s for making
several contintental and global vehicle treks in record times.
Since then he's had several jobs, including producing media launches for auto
Mission Green's website (missiongreen.com) will feature each of the 85 projects
it visits. The site is meant to highlight, through stories and photos, positive
green projects across the country.
The tour will also tie GM's 85 per cent ethanol-blend vehicles with other green
Asked what intrigued him about the tar ponds and coke ovens project, Mr. Sowerby
acknowledged he didn't know very much about the proposed cleanup.
"I don't want to get into things I don't really know anything about," he said.
"I don't profess to be an expert on any of the initiatives."
In fact, there aren't many details known yet. The provincial agency charged with
cleaning the sites has only said generally what it will do. It is writing a
specific definition of the work, which will then undergo an environmental
Frank Potter, an engineer with the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency, said the document
should be ready in October or November.