Friday , January 15 2021

Forced stop of work on the Samuel-De Champlain Bridge

The consortium responsible for the Samuel-De Champlain Bridge is facing prosecution and a fine of $ 200,000 for non-compliant work.

A team from Fisheries and Oceans Canada intervened last Friday to stop the work on the west jetty in L’Île-des-Sœurs due to work that generated an uncontrolled sediment input into the water that could have effects. on fish populations and their habitats.

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“The proponent has committed an offense under the Fisheries Act for not having respected the conditions of authorization issued by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) to carry out the work. In addition, the work carried out is likely to have caused destruction, deterioration and disruption of fish habitat, ”said Regional Director of Communications, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Pascale Fortin.

The ministry therefore says it does not rule out possible lawsuits against the builder of the new bridge.

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As for the responsible consortium, Signature sur le Saint-Laurent (SSL), we say that we have always worked in accordance with Fisheries and Oceans Canada standards and are in the process of implementing a new working method.

“SSL is fully collaborating with Fisheries and Oceans Canada in this matter in order to find the best solutions for the protection of the environment”, explains SSL spokesperson Benoit Chamontin.

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