Nova Scotia Ministry of Energy and Mines Withholds Toxic Leak Information

“Sustainable Northern Nova Scotia (SuNNS) members, the 900 signatories to our petition opposing gold mining exploration or development in the French River Watershed and the population of Tatamagouche are shocked by the news that the Ministry of Energy and Mines has withheld information about a leaking exploration drill hole contaminating the French River Watershed area with arsenic and iron” says SuNNS spokesperson John Perkins.

“The government has been in conversation with Sustainable Northern Nova Scotia (SuNNS) many times since the polluting leak was discovered but not once has the leaking well been mentioned, risks explored or remediation efforts discussed. As I understand it the government has taken a hush- hush and wait and see approach” says Perkins. “It makes me wonder if the current governments open for business approach means open for business whatever the human or environmental cost” notes Perkins.

Nova Scotia already is known as a most mining – friendly place given its lax regulatory requirements and enforcement and it is this lax approach that has heightened the concerns of Tatamagouche area citizens. Minister Derek Mombourquette’s Op-Ed in January 2019 Tatamagouche Light assured residents that “ Communities have an opportunity to be involved in all stages of the exploration process” but SuNNS is now asking “how does Energy and Mines not telling Colchester County about a failed, leaking exploration drill site meet the Ministers promise?

Perkins also notes “this purposeful withholding of information – especially from the municipal water authority –about an ongoing leak adds to a complete lack of faith in the Ministry of Energy and Mines and the Provincial Regulatory and enforcement frameworks”.
SuNNS demands the proper authority act to cap the contaminating drill hole!
SuNNS once again calls on the Ministry of Energy and Mines to withhold any issuing of a Request for Proposals for gold mining exploration or development in the French River Watershed and the six other watersheds in the current Enclosure Area. “ It never made sense before and less now; the Request for Proposals should be abandoned” says
Perkins.
SuNNS further supports the efforts of the Municipality of Colchester as it seeks “Protected “status for the French River Watershed under the Environmental Act given that the French River is the sole source of water for the Village of Tatamagouche.
SuNNS will make a formal request to meet the Premier regarding this serious threat to the Tatamagouche water
supply.
SuNNS spokesperson John Perkins concludes “I think it is fair to say that the government and any interested mining companies should expect a monumental increase in local citizen opposition to gold mining exploration or development in the French River Watershed.
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Class 1 Environmental Assessment- Goldboro Gold Project

This is to advise that on August 1st, Anaconda Mining Incorporated registered the Goldboro Gold Project for environmental assessment, in accordance with Part IV of the Environment Act. Public comments must be provided by August 31st, 2018, to be considered in this environmental assessment.

The purpose of the proposed undertaking is the development and operation of a 575 tonne per day, 24 hour/day, 7 day/week, surface and underground gold mine along with a concentrator and accompanying tailings facility. This would occur on Goldbrook Road, Goldboro, Guysborough County, Nova Scotia with a disturbed footprint of ~125.9 hectares. Site construction and preliminary production would begin in 2020, with a currently projected completion in 2029, pending approval.

All project information including the Registration Document will be available on Nova Scotia Environment website at http://www.novascotia.ca/nse/ea/.

Please note that comments must be provided by August 31st, 2018, to be considered in this environmental assessment. Comments are requested to be provided via e-mail if possible.

On or before September 20th, 2018, the Minister of Environment will decide if the project can be granted conditional environmental assessment approval. All submissions received, including personal information, will be made available for public review upon request.

If you have any questions, contact:

Harrison Moore, Environmental Assessment Officer

Environmental Assessment Branch

Nova Scotia Environment

1903 Barrington Street

Suite 2085

PO Box 442

Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 2P8

Phone: (902) 497-4119

Fax: (902) 424-6925

E-mail: Harrison.moore@novascotia.ca

HRM Volunteer Opportunity: The Windpool Commoning Project

The Windpool Commoning Project is a collection of neighbours, farmers, green thumbs and “all thumbs” dedicated to helping the St. Pat’s high school site stay public and for the community. Our primary projects are creating an urban food forest and raised bed gardening. We help the neighbourhood around Windsor and Quinpool to come together and keep this park for the benefit of future generations.

Come volunteer with us or get in touch with your suggestions and questions by emailing: halifaxurbangreen@gmail.comWindpool

NSEN 2018 Survey Analysis

During this past April and May, NSEN conducted a survey to gauge the perceptions and opinions of the current state and future of the organization using online software Survey Monkey. This data was analysed by an outside volunteer, Samantha Burns, who now sits on our board of directors.

The survey was sent out to Eco-Connections subscribers, posted on NSEN social media, shared with member groups and their contact lists, and sent to other NSEN contacts. In total, 100 people responded to the survey.  You can find the full, unedited analysis here: NSEN Survey Feedback

If you have any questions or other feedback, please be sure to email us and let us know what you think! nsenvironmentalnetwork@gmail.com

Public Comment Period: Amendments to Schedule 1 of Species at Risk Act

On Saturday, June 16th, 2018, a proposal to amend Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA) for 31 terrestrial wildlife species has been published in part I of the Canada Gazettehttp://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2018/2018-06-16/html/reg4-eng.html

This marks the beginning of a 30-day public comment period during which you can share your comments on the proposal either by writing to ec.LEPreglementations-SARAregulations.ec@canada.ca  or calling 1 800 668-6767. The public comment period will end on Wednesday, July 16th, 2018.

 The Minister of the Environment will take into consideration comments and any additional information received following this publication and make a listing recommendation for each species to the Governor in Council. After species are listed, recovery strategies must be published within one year for endangered species and within two years for extirpated and threatened species.