Money would be better spent going directly to help the region
Letter to the editor by Debbie Ouellette
Cape Breton Post
Wed., May 14, 2008
Some residents are worried about the
cost if the appeal of the Cape Breton
Regional Municipality’s lawsuit goes
ahead. Mayor John Morgan should ask
for millions of dollars from the tar ponds
cleanup fund to help with the case and to
get CBRM out of the hole.
The federal and provincial governments
have no problem putting millions
of dollars of taxpayers’ money in places
that are a complete waste: $400 million
for the tar ponds agency is one example.
The money would be better spent helping
In the last few months, work was done
on the cooling pond. The cooling pond is
still a mix of contaminated sludge, slag,
cement, water, and finally fill on top. A
cake mix is all we got for over $4 million,
not a cleanup whatsoever.
Let’s see what happens to the cooling
pond over time. Will this cake mix start
separating, breaking up and cracking
from all the weather we have and from
A real cleanup would not have been a
waste and would have been permanent,
unlike this cake mix, which will be contaminated
And for $9 million, the tar ponds
agency will construct a building to wash
debris dug out of the tar ponds so that it
can be disposed of in a landfill. How clean
does it have to be to go in a landfill?
This is a lot of money to waste. Where
does it end? Remember, there is no end to
the taxpayer’s money.