Nova Scotia premier says company that agree to remove MV Miner is 'erratic'

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HALIFAX - Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter says the New York-based firm that agreed to remove a derelict ship off Cape Breton has been "erratic."

Dexter's comments today are the latest in an ongoing spat between the provincial government and the Bennington Group over that company's efforts to salvage the MV Miner.

The company's CEO, Abe Shah, said last week he was walking away from the work because he was frustrated with bureaucratic hurdles.

Dexter says he too is frustrated by the lack of progress on the vessel, which has been stranded off Scaterie Island for more than a year.

The 230-metre bulk carrier ran aground in September 2011 as it was being towed to Turkey to be scrapped.

Dexter is again calling on Ottawa to remove it, but the federal government has said that is the Bennington Group's responsibility.

Organizations: Bennington Group

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, Scaterie Island Turkey Ottawa

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