MONTREAL, March 7, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - After unsuccessful attempts to establish a constructive dialogue with the newly elected officials of Grenville-sur-la-Rouge ("GSLR"), and considering that the Councilors of GSLR disseminated intentionally misleading and erroneous statements to both the Commission de la protection du territoire agricole du Québec (CPTAQ) and its residents with the objective of blocking the Project and totally and irreparably compromising the social acceptability of the Project, Canada Carbon felt it had no recourse but to file a lawsuit. "That was not our plan", said Bruce Duncan, Chief Executive Officer of Canada Carbon. "We believe in a sound social acceptability process that can be obtained only by engaging in constructive dialogue with all stakeholders", said Mr. Duncan. "Unfortunately, this process is being blocked by elected officials who have not responded to our requests (our letter dated December 15, 2017) to sit down and engage in constructive discussions. Social acceptability cannot be achieved if one party refuses to talk or intentionally sabotages the process", added Mr. Duncan.
Canada Carbon had no other choice but to take immediate action because of the obligation imposed by Law to give a notice to the Municipality of the coming action, within 60 days, and to file the action within a 6 months period. Failure to do so would result in Canada Carbon losing its rights.
This is not a story of how a large mining company is forcing its way into a community that does not want it. This is instead a story about a small mining company proposing a small mining project with the most benign environmental impact it can achieve. It is important to note that the former Municipal Council of GSLR recommended twice to the Commission de la protection du territoire agricole du Québec (CPTAQ), to grant Canada Carbon's application and to authorize a non-agricultural use for the exploitation of a graphite mine and a marble quarry (resolutions number 2016-12-319 and 2017-03-072) and that the designated municipal officer issued two certificates of compliance of the project with the municipal regulations in 2016 and 2017.
As a mining company, Canada Carbon has done everything that is required of it by law and is still working in that direction as the Miller Project still has a number of planning steps to complete before mining permits are issued.
Canada Carbon commissioned numerous studies, conducted by independent professionals, to provide accurate and substantiated facts to the community. These reports confirm that the Miller Project has very limited environmental impact. Unfortunately, these studies are being ignored by elected officials who make false statements on many issues without providing any reports or studies of their own to support their claims of adverse impacts on the environment. Our numerous requests for copies of documentation supporting their claims have gone unanswered.
Here are a few examples of false and inaccurate information being disseminated by Councilors:
"We want citizens of Grenville-sur-la-Rouge to have access to all the information that is currently publicly available on our project, information that is substantiated by reports and studies. These public reports are available on the Company's website", said Mr. Duncan. "This is the only way residents will be able to come to an informed opinion on our project."
Following community consultations in February 2017, the Company prioritized the completion of the hydrogeology report released last week, to assuage the concerns of residents relying on their own wells for drinking water. Resident's concerns about noise generated by the mine and quarry prompted the Company to thoroughly review mitigation strategies to ensure that our neighbors are not impacted, which was also reported last week. Canada Carbon has been transparent throughout this whole process and will continue to do so. All documents are and will be made public to serve this process of consultation and disclosure.
We sincerely hope that this issue can be resolved in a way in which all stakeholders can benefit.
About Canada Carbon and the Miller Project
Canada Carbon's Miller Project is located on private land in Grenville-sur-la-Rouge. The Project consists of both high purity hydrothermal nuclear grade graphite and architectural marble. The high purity of the graphite will allow the Company to target niche markets such as energy storage, aerospace, high tech applications and clean energy alternatives. The Project is very small with proposed production of up to 150,000 tonnes of architectural marble and 1,500 tonnes of graphite being produced per annum. Environmental impact assessment studies demonstrate that the Project will have no impact on ground or surface waters over the lifetime of the Project. The tailings cannot generate acid mine drainage, and are therefore suitable for dry surface storage before they are returned to the pit during site remediation. The site will then be replanted with native species, including sugar maples.
SOURCE Canada Carbon
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