City of Prince Rupert seeking answers from CN

Coun. Anna Ashley is looking for answers when it comes to waterfront access.

Coun. Anna Ashley is looking for answers when it comes to waterfront access.

Ashely, speaking at the Nov. 12 meeting of council, said she wants to know why improvements along the CN-owned waterfront that formed part of the Pinnacle Renewable Resources export terminal proposal brought to a public meeting last June have yet to materialize.

“When Pinnacle came before us, they gave a presentation showing the plans for the waterfront … even with all the silos, there was a fence along the CN property, paved walkways and trees and people still had access to the waterfront area,” she said in asking staff to invite CN to meet with the city to discuss the matter.

“I realize Pinnacle doesn’t have the ability to make that happen because they don’t own the property, CN does.”

Pinnacle Renewable Resources president and chief operating officer Leroy Reitsma said discussions are ongoing with the Prince Rupert Port Authority about providing improved access and what that would look like, and he hopes to make an announcement about those plans in the near future.

City staff will now talk with CN to ensure the appropriate spokesperson is invited.

Meanwhile, the first pellets have arrived at Westview Terminal as commissioning work continues, and the first ship is expected to arrive this weekend.

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