06/13/2014 05:13 EDT | Updated 08/13/2014 05:59 EDT

Wastewater leak cleanup continues amid aboriginal protest in Nova Scotia

ABERCROMBIE POINT, N.S. - Nova Scotia's Environment Department says pumper trucks were on the site Friday of a wastewater spill in Pictou County as aboriginal protesters continued to block repair efforts.

The department says the trucks have been vacuuming effluent that leaked from a broken pipe owned by the Northern Pulp paper mill.

The mill in Abercrombie Point reported the leak Tuesday and shut down operations.

The government says the majority of the damage appears to have occurred in the surrounding wetlands.

It says samples have been collected and will be analyzed for pollutants and toxicity.

Protesters from the Pictou Landing First Nation have vowed to block workers from fixing the pipe until they get a commitment from the government and Northern Pulp on a cleanup of Boat Harbour.

The government says Environment Minister Randy Delorey continues to hold discussions with the aboriginal band and Northern Pulp.