Open-pit mate at Abitibi gets enviratmental review, but residents remaat warycbc.ca at MSN.Com #Espa_Ol

Open-pit mate at Abitibi gets enviratmental review, but residents remaat warycbc.ca at MSN.Com #Espa_Ol

March 11, 2019 0 By NewsTakers

© Thomas Deshaies/Radio-Canada
Citizen groups in Abitibi wanted the BAPE review ordered on social acceptability grounds.
A proposed open-pit mine near a pristine water source in northern Quebec will get a full public review, Quebec’s environment minister announced last week.
But around 200 people still protested this weekend in Amos, 600 kilometres north of Montreal, saying they intend to make sure the provincial government keeps its promise.
The public review of the project will be conducted by Quebec’s environmental assessment agency, known by its French acronym as the BAPE.
© Thomas Deshaies/Radio-Canada
Thomas Deshaies/Radio-Canada
Environment Minister Benoit Charette said a review was necessary when ministry officials determined the mining project would be producing more than 2,000 tonnes of material daily.
Sayona, the mining company, had said previously the mine would only produce 1,900 tonnes daily, under the threshold that triggers a mandatory review by the BAPE.
“The BAPE is a great opportunity for the company, and for the citizens, to work together.
They were joined in their efforts by all three opposition parties in the National Assembly, who made the mining project a test of the new government’s credibility on environmental issues.
But even with the order for a BAPE review, concerns remain that Sayona could still avoid having to undergo what it says will be a lengthy and costly process.
Citizen groups in Abitibi wanted the BAPE review ordered on social acceptability grounds.

Source link