Council, minister clash over planned forestry road in Port Blandford, NL

A provincial government plan to truck logs out a Nalcor-built dirt road has Port Blandford’s town council threatening legal action — and a government minister urging them to bring forward evidence.

Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Fisheries and Land Resources has endorsed a commercial wood harvesting plan that would use a Nalcor access road to bring timber from two sites onto the Trans-Canada Highway.

Port Blandford Mayor Chad Holloway said the plan creates a dangerous, high-traffic intersection within his town boundaries; Fisheries and Land Resources Minister Gerry Byrne says it’s the exact same traffic that rolled without a hitch when Nalcor used the road to build the Labrador-Island Link.