Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties say no to min­ing

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Last Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 6th, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of North Hat­ley held a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion over a miner’s claim that touches the ter­ri­tory of North Hat­ley. Rock Gau­dreau, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Ministere des Ressources na­turel

les et de la faune, also at­tended to ex­plain what a miner’s claim is, what are the rights of the cit­i­zens who own the prop­er­ties in ques­tion and the rights of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity. He ex­plained briefly the project du loi 14, the “Loi sur la mise en valeur des ressources min­erales dans le re­spect des principes du de­vel­oppe­ment durable”. Cit­i­zens and of­fi­cials from neigh­bour­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties also at­tended.

Mayor Michael Page was happy that many cit­i­zens par­tic­i­pated in the dis­cus­sions. The in­for­ma­tion trans­mit­ted by the Min­istry gave those in at­ten­dance a lot to talk about, most par­tic­u­larly the fact that it is the land own­ers of the lots men­tioned in the miner’s claim who hold the power to block the ex­plo­ration. The law on min­ing is sub­ject to the prin­ci­pal of the sovereignty of the owner when it comes to ac­cess to prop­erty. The landown­ers present at the meet­ing ex­pressed to ev­ery­one’s sat­is­fac­tion their in­ten­tion to refuse all ac­cess to their prop­er­ties for min­ing ex­plo­ration. A let­ter to this ef­fect will be cir­cu­lated.

The in­ten­tions ex­pressed by ev­ery­one at the meet­ing were clear in that the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties around Lake Mas­saw­ippi must pro­tect the en­vi­ron­men­tal set­ting of the lake and the qual­ity of its water. Ste. Cather­ine de Hat­ley mayor, Jac­ques De­mers, also at­tended.

The area of land in ques­tion was re­ported to be on the West side of the lake in the area of the Pig­gery The­atre and the Hovey Manor. In 2009, the Ger­man min­ing com­pany Sil­ver Cap­i­tal AG ex­plored the Suffield prop­erty, land pur­ported to be rich in zinc and cop­per, for sev­eral months.

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