A barge carrying out dredging at the port of Rivière-du-Loup (Archive photo)
This passage before the BAPE was intended to renew a permit from Quebec to carry out this work for the next 10 years. During the hearings, a spokesperson for the STQ, which is responsible for dredging, declared that the operation was estimated at nearly $2 million per year.
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The state company also confirmed that 60% of its dredging budget was allocated to work carried out in Rivière-du-Loup. At the end of October, the continuation of dredging work at the Rivière-du-Loup wharf was recommended by the BAPE and authorized a few months later by the Quebec government.
Last June, through a press release, Quebec announced that it would extend the opportunity study. Deputy Prime Minister Geneviève Guilbault requested new analyzes to complete the opportunity study. In agreement with this decision, the member for Rivière-du-Loup—Témiscouata, Amélie Dionne, mentioned that it was necessary to ensure that no doors were left open and that all possibilities [were] ] be considered. In the June 21 press release, Quebec confirmed that the location of the crossing site on the south side would be known later in 2023.
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As of 2020, the STQ mentioned that the deep water port of Cacouna remained an interesting avenue to enable the service to be offered for a longer period of time of the year. (File photo)
But last November 16, during the visit of the Deputy Prime Minister, the member for Rivière-du-Loup—Témiscouata spoke of an update in this file and no longer of an announcement for the port ferry dock on the south shore.
At the same time, she confirmed that Quebec wished to launch a call for interest to find a private shipowner who could resume the ferry service between the two shores and take care of dredging near the docks. Discussions are still continuing in this matter between Quebec and the STQ. The notice of interest could be launched in January.
In recent weeks, the Chamber of Commerce of the MRC of Rivière-du-Loup has reiterated its support for maintaining service in Rivière-du -Wolf. Tourisme Rivière-du-Loup agrees, unsurprisingly, in the same direction. In addition to the municipality of Cacouna, the Wolastoqiyik Wahsipekuk Nation wants the link between Bas-Saint-Laurent and Saint-Siméon to be at the seaport of Gros-Cacouna.
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