The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (“MECP”) and lawyers for developers Bob Banman and Bob Schinkel have responded to Alex Rheault’s request for leave to appeal to the Environmental Review Tribunal two aspects of the amended sewage treatment permit issued by MECP for developers’ proposed trailer park on the Minaki Lodge site. The Conservancy has been cooperating with the group of year-round residents that Alex represents in work on the request for leave.
The responses are a virtual mountain of paper. Two primary pieces of the response — the statement of the MECP Director and the statement of the lawyers — are attached to the links below. Those statements argue that Alex does not have standing to seek leave to appeal, that the Ministry decision not to require updated water quality baseline studies for the Winnipeg River and not to require additional filtration of the treatment plant effluent was reasonable, and that significant environmental harm will not occur.
Alex is entitled to a reply, and that statement is also linked below, along with a supplemental report of R.J. Burnside and Associates, the engineering firm that has been working with the year-round group and the Conservancy since 2013.
The reply addresses again the unusual circumstances of the 2014 permit amendment and of the old Lodge treatment plant with its direct discharge into the Winnipeg River, all in unorganized territory. It asks the Tribunal finally to recognize those circumstances and pay proper respect to the Province’s water.