A rare plant slows down the construction project of a senator

senateur-paul-massicotteA new obstacle stands in the way of Senator Paul Massicotte, who wishes to make a controversial real estate project of thirty luxury homes in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville.

On 6 July, the Environment Minister, David Heurtel, officially demanded that the housing project The Futaie in wood Swallows, is subject to section 19 of the Natural Heritage Conservation Act. The measure is intended to protect a rare plant threatened with extinction, the ginseng.

The Ministry concluded “that the planned intervention may severely degrade a natural setting that is remarkable by the fact that its characteristics favor the survival of American ginseng, a rare characteristic biophysical and exceptional interest”.

“My client was satisfied with the decision of the Minister, says urban planner Bruno Bergeron, spokesman Paul Massicotte, in this case. It’s still 10 years is expected from this project. But we had a good ear of the Department. ”

“No refusal”

“We do not at all see this decision as a refusal [of the project], says Bergeron. It has also filed an application under section 19. ”

The Ministry confirms having received the application on 27 July, but refused to comment on the case. However, Bruno Bergeron La Presse reported that the new proposal of his client plans to move ginseng plants, a move deemed controversial by many experts.

The mayor of Saint-Bruno, Martin Murray, declined to comment on the news before having met all the city councilors. Councillor Marilou Alarie, who has long campaigned for the protection of wood Swallows, however welcomed the decision of the Minister. “I do not see how Mr. Heurtel, who signed this opinion could then authorize this project,” she said.

“Senator Massicotte is Vice Chairman of the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, environment and natural resources. There he has to be told very clearly that the project does not respect the environment. It would be nice to take note! “Added Ms. Alarie.

“Section 16 of the Species at Risk Act is very clear, notes Philippe Blais, biologist and president of the Association of Montérégie environment. One can not move or alter an endangered species habitat, except in rare exceptions. It certainly is not scheduled to do so to allow a real estate project. In addition, in the case of ginseng, the chances of success of [movement] is very low. ”

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