A photo of graphite found at the Miller mine in 2013, according to Canada Carbon's website (photo: Canada Carbon).

Canada Carbon says there is no danger for GSLR and Grenville residents’ drinking water

Canada Carbon has released two hydrogeology reports concerning its Miller mining project in Grenville-sur-la-Rouge and the impact on municipal wells in Calumet and Grenville. LNA, a hydro geological firm hired by Grenville, said that the town’s main water source has very little chance to be affected by Canada Carbon’s mining project.

LNA’s report mirrors the report from Grenville-sur-la-Rouge (GSLR) stating that Calumet’s two municipal wells are safe from contamination from the mining project. The study for the two Calumet wells was done by hydrogeologists Yamina Benhouhou and Denis Richard from the hydrogeology firm Hydrophila, based in Mirabel.

Canada Carbon Executive Chairman and CEO Mr. R. Bruce Duncan remarked, “The hydrogeological report obtained by the Municipality of Grenville-sur-la-Rouge supports the findings of the report obtained by the Village of Grenville that the Miller Project is physically incapable of impacting the drinking water sources for the citizens surrounding the Miller Project.”

“Laboratory testing required by the Quebec government has shown that the Miller Project’s waste rock, tailings and mineralization will not generate acid mine drainage and will not leach metals into the environment. Canada Carbon is committed to addressing the concerns of its neighbours, and aims to develop and operate the Miller Project in an environmentally benign manner,” concluded Duncan.

SOS GSLR, an advocacy group opposing the mining project, remains firm in its opinion that the township’s urban (planning) bylaw states that no new roads or quarries are permitted in the zone in question. Thomas Arnold, who is president of SOS GSLR, says that means the township’s own zoning bylaw is in contravention of its urban planning document.

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