To the editor:

In response to Mr. Duff’s letter of February 1:
Residents of Grenville-sur-la-Rouge do a little bit of research. Such as finding this release from Carbon Canada dated December 20, 2016. Direct quote, capitals as printed, repeated on many news sources.
“Municipal Council Files Recommendation To CPTAQ To Authorize Graphite Mining And Marble Quarrying On Carbon Canada’s Flagship Miller Mines Project In Grenville Sur La Rouge.” Nothing ambiguous about that.
The municipality issued a January newsletter which held no mention of anything to do with Canada Carbon or its decisions on the subject, nor any disclaimer to Canada Carbon’s announcements. If not for social media, few, publically, outside of Canada Carbon’s stockholders would be aware.
When an open pit mining company has plans for, and takes out mineral claims on 1/3 of the municipality, public consultations should be held before decisions are taken, not used to inform of those already made.
Not many have known of Canada Carbon and its designs on GSLR since 2013. The company, otherwise known as Bolero Resources, changed directions in May, 2012 and began trading on the TSX.V under CCB.V later that year at about .06 per share. Not really an eye-catcher, and Carbon Canada hires independent drillers.
As to, “what did the people think they were drilling for?” Firstly: very few were aware of any explorations. That is only coming to light now. Secondly: lump-vein graphite is one of the world’s rarest minerals. Out of 3800 possibilities, why did citizens not pick up on that one? Everyone should study the MERN site daily.
Sometimes, uninformed mountain-living folk ask simple questions. The answers to which are so obvious to the ‘informed’ that they hardly deserve response. Such as: If Little Janie owns a spring-fed lake which is 60 feet deep, and CC.V removes 20 million cubic feet of material from quarries 400 feet deep nearby, what happens to Little Janie’s lake?

Gordon Fraser
Grenville sur la Rouge, QC

Read Ken Duff’s original letter here.