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MV Miner: NDP's Olivia Chow And Peter Stoffer Want Action On Stranded Ship

08/31/2012 07:02 EDT | Updated 10/31/2012 05:12 EDT
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HALIFAX - With the peak of hurricane season fast approaching, two federal New Democrats are asking Transport Canada to take a leadership role as a salvage company waits to clean up a derelict ship that ran aground off Cape Breton almost a year ago.

Toronto MP Olivia Chow and Nova Scotia MP Peter Stoffer told a news conference Friday that the federal government has refused to take a leadership role in the case of the MV Miner, a decommissioned Great Lakes bulk carrier that has been stuck on Scatarie Island since Sept. 20.

The large ship was being towed to a scrapyard in Turkey when its tow line broke in heavy seas. Scatarie Island is a protected wilderness area that is surrounded by lucrative lobster grounds.

"The ship remains a threat to local lobster fishing and a risk to the ecosystem and needs to be removed as quickly as possible," Stoffer, MP for Sackville-Eastern Shore, said in a statement.

The Bennington Group has been commissioned to dismantle the ship.

A spokesperson for Transport Canada said the project doesn't need any federal approval to go ahead and the government encourages the Bennington Group to move forward with the demolition as quickly as possible.

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