N.S. retiree not diggin' sinkhole in yard
A Glace Bay man with a gaping hole in hisyardis getting a history lesson in illegal mining he says he can't afford.
Bernard Burt discovered a small hole in his yard earlier this week, just a few steps away from his front door.
"Someone's gonna get hurt if that road collapses," Burt said Thursday, as cars whizzed by. "No one is even aware of it.
The cavern marks the spot where someone once illegally extracted coal in a secret pit. It was a common practice years ago, said Burt, a retiree.
"Lots of pits around here, all up and down this road here, but this is the first time any collapse in this yard," he said.
Across the street from Burt's house, Jim Newell said he saw a sign last year of this particular coal pit.
"There was a 12-inch hole in the road there," he said. "I called the municipality and they just come up and put gravel in it and asphalt over it."
Municipality says hole is Burt's responsibility
Burt said the Cape Breton Regional Municipality told him the sinkhole isinhis yard so it'shis responsibility.
He has called a contractor.
"I can't afford to pay for it,"Burt said. "Probably talking 50 to 100 friggin' truckloads to try to fill it, because they have to dig it all up to see what's there."
No one from the municipality was available to comment.