North Hatley says no to mining
The Village of North Hatley has refused a request by the Ministere de Ressources naturelles et de la faune of a mining claim until a public consultation can be held on the subject. That consultation has been scheduled for October 4th, 7:00 pm, at the town’s Community Hall. Bordering municipalities, as well as all citizens, are invited to attend this important meeting.
The Lake Massawippi Water Protection Association is opposed to any mining in the immediate watershed of the lake. President of the organization Michel Clairoux, in a press release, commented that noth- ing is worth the risk of harming the water quality of the lake and that the cultural and natural heritage of the Estrie region must be protected at all cost.
The Conference regionale des elus (CRE) will soon give their official opinion on the debate surrounding mining in Quebec. The CRE encourages the government to consider the wishes of municipalities and wants municipalities to have greater control in that area.
Mining exploration in Quebec has boomed over the last few years. The newly drafted Bill 14 creates new obligations for exploration companies to reach agreements with municipalities, including small villages.