Municipalities say no to mining
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.