MHA hints pellet plant company coming to central

James McLeod
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Liberal MHA Eddie Joyce seems to know about something going on with the Abitibi mill in Grand Falls-Windsor, but he could not get a clear answer in the House of Assembly.

Eddie Joyce

With $11 million spent on an idle pellet plant (in Roddickton) and no due diligence by the premier or the company, I have one simple question for the premier,” Joyce said Wednesday. “Can you confirm if this same company is now on the short list for the Abitibi site and resources in Central Newfoundland?”

Natural Resources Minister Derrick Dalley said he couldn’t say.

“That is still confidential information, Mr. Speaker,” Dalley said.

At issue was whether the same company that got millions from the government to produce wood pellets in Roddickton is now getting involved in central.

“It is bad enough that the premier handed over $10 million in taxpayers’ money to the Roddickton pellet plant without due diligence, but she also gave the owner an additional $1 million in tax rebates,” Joyce said.

“I ask the premier: how can you justify more tax rebates for a company that already took $10 million of taxpayers’ money and never produced one commercial pellet?”

Dalley acknowledged that the government put $10 million into the pellet plant, but the “the economics changed” which is why it’s not commercially viable. But he said the government definitely didn’t give an extra million dollars in tax rebates.



Geographic location: Roddickton, Abitibi, Central Newfoundland

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  • typical overpayed politicians
    November 26, 2013 - 14:41

    quit the bs joyce. that mill will never open, the area is unsafe for any man to enter. stop playing politics. tear it down and lets hear no more of the former Abitibi-bowater mill.

  • Dianne
    November 24, 2013 - 05:31

    Tony, I have to agree with you. Its the taxpayers money. So why don't you ask Mr Joyce, about the Liberals when they were in power, where did some of our money went too? Then you won't be so quick, to just on the PCS.

  • Tony
    November 23, 2013 - 15:54

    The only province that takes tax payer's money, hands it over to companies and applies a "GAG ORDER" to the project. We see it all the time in NL. Big money spent to open a class room at the Stephenville airport two years ago that had "1" student attend, to close 9 months later, due to budget cuts. The classroom ran by the CNA was never announced to the public who paid for it, and in the same project cut an operating business out of the airport laying off 4 employees. Why do the people stand for it? And why don't they see what is wrong with a government that spends their money as if it is their own and not the publics. Another project setting up at the old mill site in Stephenville that has received millions of tax payers money is also currently under the provincial "GAG ORDER". The mayor of the town mentioned in a Western star article he could not name the company. This government is totally out of control and no one speaks up. Mr. Joyce has the common sense to see something wrong going on with the mill in Grand Falls and as an MLA can't even get answers. This is so wrong.

  • Dianne
    November 21, 2013 - 12:59

    More waste of taxpayers money..

  • Greg
    November 21, 2013 - 12:53

    Mr Joyce the pellet plant isn't the way to go, I like the ideas that Mr Murphy from the west coast had, concerning both of the mill's. One in Grand Falls, and CBPP. to put more people back to work, not only in the plants, also in the forestry. Mr Joyce, check out the western star for June 24/2013.