CHEAP SEATS: County moved too quickly bailing on Picton Terminals
Criticizing Prince Edward County council while the County is still in a water crisis might seem insensitive. Except the fact the county is still in a water crisis is part of the point.
Last week, county council pulled its support for the Picton Terminals development in Picton Bay as crews worked to raise an overturned barge.
Coun. Lenny Epstein said revoking support gave the municipality a fresh start in making sure operations in the Bay are protecting the drinking water quality and the ecology of the Bay.
What it really did was throw Picton Terminals under the bus before council even knows if Picton Terminals is at fault or if there are other less extreme options council could have taken.
Which is fine if Picton Terminals is at fault. But if not, then council has thrown a wrench into a new industry in an area in which costs continue to grow as its tax base shrinks.
Waiting would have allowed council to act with all the facts and to look at all options. It would have in fact allowed council to do what it claimed it wanted to do, without necessarily stopping a new industry from coming.
Waiting cost council nothing. Acting immediately gave credence to opponents to Picton Terminals whether they deserve it or not.
Which may be exactly why some people didn’t want to wait.
I’m Bill Glisky and that’s the way I see things From the Cheap Seats
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