[Sust-mar] Urgent! Open Pit Gold Mine
shipharbour at ns.sympatico.ca
Tue Mar 27 10:48:18 EDT 2007
This is a personal request to you all - the proposed open pit mine
will have a huge impact on the Eastern Shore, the chemicals used in
processing, the location, economics, lack of community process etc.
are all flags that this is not a good plan. Please read on and send
in a comment/s to the address below. It only takes a minute and every
submission means a great deal. We only have until Friday, March 30,
to do this.
Also please circulate this message widely. Copying and posting it to
those not on email, and encouraging your neighbours and friends to do
Thanks. Kim Thompson, Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association
ATTENTION!!!!! OPEN PIT GOLD MINE TO START UP IN MOOSE RIVER!!!!
An application to start the operation of an open-pit gold mine in
Moose River was registered with the Nova Scotia Department of
Environment and Labour on March 17th, 2007. As far as we know, there
was no public consultation outside the communities of Moose River
Gold Mines, and Upper Musquodoboit. Residents to the south of the
proposed mine site have not actively been consulted, even though they
are likely to be amoung those most affected by the project because
they are downstream from the mine, particularly the communities of
Lake Charlotte, Upper Lakeville, Beech Hill and Ship Harbour.
The operation will be an open pit mine and will cover over 650 acres
at the northern boundary of the proposed Ship Harbour Long Lake
In addition to the mine’s impact on the land, toxic chemicals such as
cyanide and arsenic associated with gold mining, are a major concern
for waterways (fish, wells, etc.) downstream. Neither, according to
the company’s report, is there is a detailed hazardous materials plan
in the event of accidents. It is also likely that the life time of
the mine, and its footprint, will be extended beyond the projected
ten years, as mining exploration has indicated more low-grade ore in
Public comments can be submitted to the government only until March
30, 2007, at which time the project can be accepted, rejected or put
on hold until further information can be obtained or an environmental
assessment is requested and completed.
More information is available at: http://www.gov.ns.ca/enla/ea/
and at www.forestwatch.ca
Submit written comments to:
Environmental Assessment Branch, Environment and Labour, P.O. Box
697, Halifax NS, B3J 2T8 e-mail: EA at gov.ns.ca
This mine will influence our local environment in many ways for a
Please alert anyone you know that may be concerned about this
project, and take the time to send in your comments immediately to
the web site above.
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