Letter to the Editor: Digby demolition by Chinese company

The old Dominion Marine Station at Casey Cove on Digby Island is slated for the chopping block any day now.

Editor:

Located in Prince Rupert Harbour, the old Dominion Marine Station at Casey Cove on Digby Island is slated for the chopping block any day now.  Chinese National Offshore Oil Corporation or CNOOC,  owners of Nexen, set Sept 26 as the date they began bringing in their demolition equipment.

CNOOC-Nexen purchased the five-acre property from a private owner over a year ago and plan to use this site in Marine Bay as a staging area for their proposed Aurora LNG facility. Even larger than PNW/LNG proposed for Lelu Island; Aurora LNG would take over most of the lands between the Prince Rupert Airport and the community of Dodge Cove.

Casey Cove was built in 1912 for the Prince Rupert District branch of Canada’s Department of Marine and Fisheries. The warehouse and blacksmith shops were used to repair navigational buoys until the Canadian Coast Guard was formed and these operations were moved to Seal Cove around 1967. During the Second World War, it was used as a marine base and residence for mariners and officers. Digby Island was considered critical in strategically defending the inner harbour, with submarine nets strung between Casey Point and Mount Hays. Its western vistas were used as lookouts and radios relayed messages from points facing Dixon Entrance and Chatham Sound. A road and telegraph line ran along the shoreline, above the beaches and rocky bluffs, from Casey Cove to the army barracks and rec hall at the Fredrick Point Station.

After the war, up to 200 people lived at the marine station during the summers. Casey Cove was also used as a research station and by schools in the area for outdoor and marine education programs into the 1970’s. The site of the Boy Scout Camp is located a short hike away on the old army road. This is a beautiful area with many existing trails to walk and beaches to access.

Frederick Point is where CNOOC-Nexen plans to put their LNG tanker jetty. How welcoming for all marine vessels, large and small, to have to pass through a hazard zone gatepost to enter Prince Rupert Harbour. Say goodbye to the great fishing off Spire Ledge, a part of the Skeena River Estuary. Say goodbye to the possibility for Prince Rupert residents to have public access to clean beaches close to town and experience maritime coastal culture for themselves.

The site at Casey Cove has several buildings that could have been preserved and the history of this significant Canadian landmark should not be forgotten.

It may already be too late to save Casey Cove but we still have time to wake up and save Digby Island for future generations to enjoy. If CNOOC-Nexen gets its way, we can say goodbye to that hope too.

Laura Moore

Prince Rupert

 

Just Posted

Disaster in store for Prince Rupert, announces Lester Centre of the Arts

Auditions set to take place at the end of October

B.C. sockeye returns drop as official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

Federal government says officials are seeing the same thing off Alaska and Washington state

Pembina CEO says ‘noise’ makes Trans Mountain pipeline bid unlikely

Trans Mountain was sold to federal government in 2018

Northwest Wave Riders return from Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

This was the first time in 25 years that northern B.C. teams competed

Fore-get about golf this weekend, Vic Marion Seniors tournament postponed

Rainy forecast in Prince Rupert pushes tournament to later date

New police force in Surrey must avoid VPD, RCMP errors made in Pickton case: Oppal

Boots are scheduled to be on the ground by spring 2021

The Northern View announces inaugural Tyee Fishing Derby in Prince Rupert

More than $7,000 up for grabs for biggest legal salmon and halibut

The Northern View 2019 Readers Choice

It’s that time of year again! Vote online or at the Prince Rupert office before noon on Aug. 30

Conan turns to the Property Brothers for tips on buying Greenland

Jonathan Scott suggests removing glaciers and mountains to bring in ‘more natural light’

Forests minister visits B.C. town hit by multiple mill shutdowns

A third of Mackenzie turns out for rally, not much to cheer about

B.C. music teacher accused of sexual misconduct involving girls

Police believe other victims could be out there after the arrest of Lamar Victor Alviar

B.C. family stranded in Croatia desperate to come home

Funds being raised to bring back mom and two children

B.C. man on trial for daughters’ murders an intruder broke in

Andrew Berry takes stand in his defense for December 2017 deaths of young daughters

Most Read