North Hat­ley says no to min­ing

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier North Hat­ley

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.

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