Remove dam to alleviate tar ponds odours
Letter to the editor from Florence Sigut
Cape Breton Post
Sat., July 10, 2004
The unpleasant odour near the
tar ponds is not coming from pond
deposits. I am convinced that the
odour is coming from the numerous
sewer outlets flowing into the south
This odour will continue as long
as the south pond has a dam.
For 90 years or so, both ponds
were subject to tidal action. This is
still true for the north pond. The
question now is why environment
officials and government generally
are refusing to remove the dam on
the south pond.
There is no reason to wait until
the treatment plant is built. Remove
After all, there was no great cry
when regional hospital sewage
began to flow into the harbour.
There is no great cry about the
condominiums being built that will
flow their sewage into the harbour.
Blue herons and seagulls are still
at the tar ponds after all these years,
and to my knowledge none of them
has any disfigurement.
In my opinion, we should remember
the excellent advice the late U.S.
president, Ronald Reagan, gave to
Mikhail Gorbachev at the Berlin
Wall. Say, "Mr. Minister, tear down