- The environmental impacts of gold mining in Nova Scotia have long been discussed.
- Some advocacy bodies say the beginning of a similar two-pit mine in Goldboro could result in large-scale differences in the area’s environment.
Environment advocacy parties in Nova Scotia are dissatisfied that a proposed gold mine in Guysborough County is pushing forward following the province’s permission for a two-pit gold mine project on Tuesday.
Environment Minister Tim Halman declared the project would be receiving the green light under some circumstances, saying that he was “pleased” that any negative environmental impacts would be mitigated through compliance with the terms of the contract.
Those terms have developed a wildlife management program with the local Departments of Natural Resources and Environment and Climate Change and executed a complaint resolution procedure to receive and reply to concerns regarding the project.
Nevertheless, some of the region’s environmental advocacy groups are disappointed with the decision. In an interview Wednesday, Karen McKendry, the wilderness outreach coordinator at the Ecology Action Centre, stated that Halman’s decision “shouldn’t be occurring in this day and age.”
“Nova Scotia already holds a large open-pit gold mine on the Eastern Shore, and this is another offered,” McKendry stated.
Source – CBC News