Trillium won't continue work on tank farm while meetings ongoing

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CORNWALL, Ontario - Trillium Distribution has promised to suspend work on the chemical tanks on Cornwall's waterfront while high-level meetings designed to quell criticism of the project are ongoing, says a city hall report.

Councillors will meet tonight to learn more details about the project, and how municipal officials, as well as those from Transport Canada and Akwesasne are reacting to the work.

A report from CAO Norm Levac suggests Trillium won't send its construction crews back to the site for at least another week or so.

"Trillium has agreed not to re-start work on site while these meetings are proceeding, including a scheduled meeting for Jan. 24," Levac said in his report.

The report also details a so-called "port divestiture program" Transport Canada has developed where communities can petition the federal department to take over ownership of waterfront lands like the Cornwall Harbour.

"A funding program is in place until March 31," said Levac's report. "The city could consider initiating an application.

"If the city initiates the process to obtain ownership, it is clear that (Akwesasne) must consent or be a party to the application."

Akwesasne currently has a land claim filed for a portion of the property surrounding the Cornwall Harbour and a meeting with Transport Canada and Mohawk officials to explore the divestiture option is planned for Friday.

More to come.

Organizations: Transport Canada

Geographic location: CORNWALL, Ontario

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