expansion bodes ill for Kingston,activist says
Thursday, July 18, 2002 -
- Kingston would be hard hit by any expansion
of the St. Lawrence Seaway, an activist warns. Local
“Kingston would see none of the benefits of such a project,”
said Mark Mattson, executive director of Lake Ontario Keeper,
an environmental group.
“We’d like to nip it in the bud. It would be a real setback
if this went through.”
A study done by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers called
the Navigation System Review recommends Canada and the U.S.
spend billions of dollars to expand locks and harbours and
widen and deepen the Seaway to allow larger vessels on the
Widening or deepening the St. Lawrence risks dredging polluted
sediments, says Krystyn Tully, programs director for Lake
Ontario Keeper, seriously undermining the Canadian government’s
commitment to clean up the Great Lakes.
The engineers even looked at blowing up parts of islands
in the Thousand Islands to allow larger ships to pass through,
Mattson said Kingston could see higher wake levels, greater
damage to shoreline properties and a higher risk of accidents
on the water.
Lake Ontario Keeper and several other environmental groups
are holding an open forum tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Grad
Club to study the Navigation System Review.
The U.S. Army is asking the Canadian government for $10
million for a seven-year feasibility study to follow their
navigation study. The proposal is currently in front of
“Our biggest objection is that the Corps wants the Canadian
government to buy into a $10-million project to essentially
turn the Great Lakes into a bigger highway,” Mattson said.
“We’d like to see the Great Lakes protected and enhanced.
This seems to be going in the opposite direction.”
The forum will address concerns about the Navigation System
Review, which Tully says is deeply flawed.
“It’s a terrible study. The economic analysis doesn’t make
sense,” Tully said.
“Why should [the Canadian government] invest $10 million
in a study that won’t have any credibility?”
Tully said the public forum is important because little
is known about the issue.
“This is really our first opportunity to discuss the issue,”
he said. “We’d like to make all the policy-oriented studies
understandable for those who will feel the actual impact.”
Mattson says if the government invests $10 million in the
feasibility study, it’s likely that the Corps’ plans for
the waterways would be implemented in some form.
“The feasibility study isn’t going to find out why they
shouldn’t go ahead with the project. It will focus on why
to do it.”
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