That, anyway, is the scenario a person with knowledge of the situation has outlined for me. No one else has verified the claims and, citing pending lawsuits, city officials refuse to comment on the plant failure. But my source has always been reliable in the past.
Halifax council is scheduled to discuss the sewage plant failure at its meeting today, but supporting documents for the discussion have not been made available to the press and the discussion, which had originally been planned to take place in public, has been moved to a secret in camera portion of the meeting.
The hyper secrecy around the issue suggests that officials are worried the city will be found at fault for the failure and will have to pay full costs related to cleaning up and restarting the plant.