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NL government appealing Grieg court decision

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The provincial government is appealing the Grieg Placentia Bay aquaculture court ruling, according to a news release from the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) Friday afternoon.

The ASF wasn’t too happy about the news.

“The effort from this government to avoid a full environmental assessment for Grieg's Placentia Bay project is outrageous," Bill Taylor, president of the Atlantic Salmon Federation, said in a news release.

"The province is obviously willing to incur huge additional costs and delay the process further in an attempt to avoid what the Judge said was a ‘duty owed to the people of the province.’”

The provincial government approved the Grieg plans for a large aquaculture operation in Placentia Bay without going to a full-blown environmental impact statement — the most rigorous form of environmental assessment.

Earlier this year, the N.L. Supreme Court ruled that the government’s actions had been inadequate, and ordered a full review before the project goes forward.

"The premier and his ministers fail to see that the court decision actually provides a way forward for this project, and that's by completing a full environmental assessment in the form of an environmental impact statement. Salmon aquaculture should be treated no different than any other industry and in this case the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador agrees," Taylor said in the news release.

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