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SuNNS Press Release Feb 4, 2019 - Ministry of Energy and Mines Backtracks on No Plan to Cap Contaminating Drill Hole
Oct 3rd 2018- Here is a gold mining documentary that looks at the relationship between the mining industry and government. It looks specifically at gold mining in Nova Scotia and even more locally to gold mining exploration and development proposed for the French River Watershed, the sole source of water for Tatamagouche. Take a look at this fine documentary by Cliff Seruntine, featuring SuNNS members and Joan Baxter, independent journalist.
Sept 15th Envisioning Sustainable Future for North Shore Workshop held in Tatamagouche
How to create more jobs in our area while lowering our carbon footprint.
Panelists included Cammie Harbottle, Waldegrave Farm; David Morgan, Antigonish Community Energy (ACE) Cooperative; Greg Watson, North Nova Forestry; Gregor Wilson, Ski Wentworth, Recreation and Tourism; Quita Gray, Sugar Moon Farm.
Sponsored by North Shore Council of Canadians and Sustainable Northern Nova Scotia (SuNNS).
Municipality of Colchester Votes to Protect the French River Watershed - Aug 30, 2018.
Mayor Christine Blair, Tatamagouche Councillor Mike Gregory and Source Water Protection Committee member Deputy Mayor Bill Masters lead the charge at council last night initiating a motion seeking “Protected “status for the French River Watershed. The motion also included an initiative asking government to delay the issuance of a Request for Proposals (RFP), for mining, until after the Protected Watershed status was in place. The motion was passed unanimously with the council discussion noting that at least two or more other watersheds would be put at risk if gold mining occurred in the Warwick Mountain (Eastern Cobequid Highland Project Area).
This motion is also supported by MLA Karen Casey and NDP Environment Critic Lenore Zann
Colchester Mayor and Council Meeting to Vote On Protecting or Not Protecting the French River Watershed
Background: The Tatamagouche Source Water Protection Committee voted unanimously asking Council to designate the French River Watershed as "Protected".
Local Councillor Mike Gregory and Councillor Bill Masters voted on behalf of Tatamagouche citizens and are committed to promote this motion at Thursdays council meeting. The "Protection" being sought is to not allow gold mining in Tatamagouche's only source of water and will not affect activities already occurring in the watershed.
LET THE COUNCILLORS KNOW that you expect them to Protect the Watershed
Tatamagouche Water Source Protection Committee Meeting Tue Aug 21st 1:30 pm at the Tata Sure Hall
UPDATE : The Committee passed a proposal to recommend to County that the French River Watershed area be designated a PROTECTED area - no gold mining. Congratulations to all !
WHAT: The Water Source Protection Committee will be discussing, RECOMMENDING TO Colchester Municipal Council, that the French River Watershed be designated as a “PROTECTED” Watershed with the stipulation that no gold mining occur in this municipal watershed. (The French River Watershed is the only source of water for Tatamagouche).
WHY: Over 400 people have signed the SuNNS petition opposing the exploration or development of a gold mine in the French River Watershed. NOW you can make your SUPPORT OF CLEAN WATER and OPPOSITION TO A GOLD MINE in the only water source for Tatamagouche VISIBLE.
PLEASE ATTEND…BRING A SIGN… MAKE SURE THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS KNOW YOUR
SUPPORT OF THE RIGHT TO CLEAN WATER FOR RESIDENTS, COTTAGERS AND BUSINESSES
Request for proposals:
Request for Proposals Delayed Because of the Actions of SUNNS
The Nova Scotia Ministry of Energy and Mines geological studies have shown that there is in fact gold in the region and therefore plans for the development of a mine accelerated in late 2017. The first step in developing a mine is selecting a company to develop the project. This is done through a Request for Proposals administered by the provincial government. The request for Proposals was first scheduled for release April 2018 but through various SUNNS engagements with government the RFP has been delayed until late summer 2018. SUNNS commissioned a study by an esteemed scientist in which she raised several environmental ( water) issues so SUNNS is now asking that the RFP issuance be further delayed while the necessary environmental studies are conduct to make sure the French River and other watersheds are not adversely affected by a potential gold mine .
If a RFP is issued the interested companies will submit proposals that include information about their past mining experience, track record with incidents, environmental assessments, and other relevant information. The successful applicant will then begin preliminary exploration which includes road building, massive open pit earth and rock displacement and potential water contamination. The Ministry of Energy and Mines reports the Request for Proposals will be announced in late summer /fall 2018.
Suporters Action Request
Please write Mike Gregory Chair of the Tatamagouche Water Source Protection Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org well as Bill Master (Deputy Mayor) email@example.com telling them you want the Water Source Protection Committee to initiate the process to have French River Watershed given “Protected” status (especially from gold mining).
Thank you for taking a few moments to protect the French River Watershed which is the “Only Water Source “ for Tatamagouche. See below for reasons why it is urgent to protect the Watershed area now and not later.
Urgent Request to protect watershed area
SUNNS Makes Urgent Request to Tatamagouche Source Water Protection Advisory Committee (Municipality of Colchester)
SUNNS is asking the Tatamagouche Source Water Protection Committee to meet as soon as possible and to make a request to Colchester County Council to initiate the designation process provided under the Environment Act to “protect” the French River Watershed against the potential threat to drinking water by gold mining.
Many communities in Nova Scotia have chosen designation of a “protected” water area to safeguard their water supply
SUNNs has been made aware that if the watershed is not declared a protected area until after the issuance of the Cobequid Highlands Project RFP, the “protected status” would not apply for the company or companies whose proposal(s) is(are) accepted under that RFP. That company or companies would be “grandfathered” in under less rigorous regulations pertaining to the previous French River Watershed designation.
Failure to Act
If the Tatamagouche Source Water Protection Committee and Colchester County Council does not act before the RFP is released they will be denied the choice of using the full regulatory options available to them under the Environment Act to protect the watershed.
This makes initiating the designation process urgent.
Given this urgency, SUNNS is looking forward to receiving a positive response to our request indicating the date and location of the Committee meeting.
SUNNS welcomes the opportunity to work with the Advisory Committee and Colchester County Council to ensure the safety and security of the French River W