By Teilor Stone, The Saxon, with information from Camille Lacroix
The Government of Canada unveiled its strategy on Friday critical minerals which tends in particular to accelerate the development of projects in this sector of activity. At the first reading of this strategy, reactions are divergent on the North Shore.
We're heading for a wall if we continue to bulldoze mining projects without taking into account their impacts on communities that welcome them, and both in terms of the environment and the social climate, argues the lawyer and co-spokesperson for the Coalition Quebec Better Mine, Rodrigue Turgeon.
He fears that the simplification of bureaucracy will lead to a relaxation of environmental rules.
What we see at work are companies that have done everything to avoid the Bureau of Public Hearing on the Environment [BAPE]. While these environmental assessments and public hearings are the only guarantees to shed light on the impacts they have on the territory and their real impact on the climate, he believes.
The Innu Council of Pessamit intends to be consulted for any development of a mining project on the Nitassinan. Councilor Jérôme Bacon St-Onge hopes to take part in discussions with Quebec and Ottawa. He doesn't want to be presented with a fait accompli.
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