Early this spring, concerned citizens from the Great Lakes and beyond rallied in support of the Citizens Concerned for Michipicoten Bay (CCMB) as the Ontario Ministry of Environment proposed to designate a controversial trap-rock mine planned for the site as subject to Ontario’s Environmental Assessment Act. In all, more than 7,000 letters, emails and faxes flooded into the Ministry’s Environmental Bill of Rights Registry in favor of the assessment. Six months later, there is still no news from the Ministry about the proposed mine’s designation.
In a related action, Ontario did designate the township (and mining activities therein) as subject to a different law; the Aggregate Resources Act. This move by the province doesn’t measure up to their previously and very publicly stated concerns about the project. In a statement released shortly thereafter, CCMB reiterates their earlier position; “although the Aggregate Resources Actmay be a vehicle to regulate the operation (if it is found to be appropriate), it in no way alleviates all of the concerns that gave us cause to request an Environmental Assessment.”
More information about Michipicoten Bay is available at: www.ccmb.ca.