• The proposed Sisson Tungsten/Molybdenum/Copper mine near Stanley, New Brunswick, has the potential to create significant negative impact on, and catastrophic risk for:

    • Atlantic salmon habitat vulnerable to changes in the hydrologic regime and heavy metal deposition.

    • The Nashwaak Watershed, a valuable economic and ecological resource, currently one of the post pristine watersheds in New Brunswick.

    • Wetland habitats.

    • Extensive areas of economically valuable hardwood and mixedwood Acadian Forest, a forest type under stress.

    • Human health and safety in the Nashwaak Watershed, and in the open-pit itself, due to an unacceptable level of risk of failure of the extensive and high tailing dams.

    • Human and ecological health due to air emissions of dust with elevated levels of arsenic and lead in an extensive area of the projected dust plume of this mine.

    Take action and intervene on the Environmental  Assessment process and demand the greatest assessment and protection here.

    Please feel free to copy/adapt the materials in your letters to government.

    Deadline for this action alert: October 3, 2011.

  •  PRESS RELEASE
    September 28, 2012
    PENOBSQUIS - THE FIGHT CONTINUES!

    “I just spent my 79th birthday spraying bleach under my house because the moving ground has caused the septic lines to sag and pull apart, allowing sewage to leak into the ground.”

    - Georgia McCabe


    Residents of Penobsquis, New Brunswick began seeing damages to their properties in 2004 caused by what residents believe are mining related ground movements. Since 2004, water wells went dry, walls developed cracks, roofs began to buckle, and septic and sewage lines have separated.

    In July of 2010, a complaint was lodged with the New Brunswick Mining Commissioner against Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan. This began a legal battle that has lasted more than two years. Twenty four residents were asking for Justice for their community. Most of the 24 residents withdrew their complaints on September 10, 2012, but Georgia McCabe, Heather McCabe and Beth Norrad are continuing with the Hearings.

    “How can a company call itself a responsible citizen when a senior in the community where they operate is living in a home with a buckling roof, sagging walls, and leaking sewage? Potash Corporation experts admitted there has been almost a meter of sinking beneath our home in a 10 year period. How could it not cause damage?” says Heather McCabe.

    On Monday, October 1, 2012 at 9:30am, the Hearings, being held at the All Season’s Inn in Sussex, will come to a close when the three remaining complainants give their closing arguments.

    Media Contact: Heather McCabe Tel. (506) 433-3390
    Email h.mccabe@bellaliant.net
  • The proposed Sisson Tungsten/Molybdenum/Copper mine near Stanley, New Brunswick, has the potential to create significant negative impact on and catastrophic risk for:

    •    Atlantic salmon habitat vulnerable to changes in the hydrologic regime and heavy metal deposition.
    •    The Nashwaak Watershed, a valuable economic and ecological resource, currently one of the post pristine watersheds in New Brunswick.
    •    Wetland habitats.
    •    Extensive areas of economically valuable hardwood and mixedwood Acadian Forest, a forest type under stress.
    •    Human health and safety in the Nashwaak Watershed, and in the open-pit itself, due to an unacceptable level of risk of failure of the extensive and high tailing dams.
    •    Human and ecological health due to air emissions of dust with elevated levels of arsenic and lead in an extensive area of the projected dust plume of this mine.

    Action 1:


    Join CCNB, Mining Watch Canada and the Sierra Club of Canada - Atlantic Chapter in requesting a review panel for the Sisson Tungsten/Molybdenum/Copper Open-Pit Mine. A petition asking for a review panel has also been drafted in case you want to circulate to your contacts.

    You can send a letter requesting a review panel -- the highest level of Environmental Assessment -- to:

    Hon. Peter Kent
    Minister of Environment
    kent.p@parl.gc.ca

    Tara Oak, Project Manager, Sisson Project
    Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
    Sisson@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

    Hon. Margaret-Ann Blaney
    NB Minister of Environment
    margaret-ann.blaney@gnb.ca

    Hon. Keith Ashfield
    Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
    keith.ashfield@parl.gc.ca

    cc - Mike Allen
    MP for Tobique-Mactaquac
    mike.allen@parl.gc.ca

    * If you would like to have your comments posted on this page, please cc your letters to us at forest@ccnbaction.ca You can find submissions in the bottom section of this page.


    Action 2:



    Concerns with the Draft Terms of Reference (TOR) for the Sisson Project Environmental Impact Statement are being accepted until October 3, 2011.

    Please find 16 points of concern with the Draft Terms of Reference below. For those interested in finding out more about each concern and commenting, each concern is discussed in further detail here.

    Comments can be sent to:

    Hon. Peter Kent
    Minister of Environment
    kent.p@parl.gc.ca

    Cc: Hon. Margaret-Ann Blaney
    NB Minister of Environment
    margaret-ann.blaney@gnb.ca

    Hon. Keith Ashfield
    Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
    keith.ashfield@parl.gc.ca

    Tara Oak, Project Manager, Sisson Project
    Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
    Sisson@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

    16 points of concern:

    1.       Totally unacceptable level of project definition and scope at this stage of the EA/EIA, leaving the public and government at a severe disadvantage in commenting on the TOR.

    2.       Inaccurate and incomplete articulation of proponent responsibilities with regard to cost/benefit analysis of all VECs.

    3.       Unconstitutional articulation of proponent responsibilities to First Nations as defined in existing Treaties and the U.N. Declaration of Indigenous Rights.

    4.       Inadequate acceptance of proponent responsibility to address the issues related to water quality under the Province of New Brunswick’s Water Classification Regulations.

    5.       Inadequate requirements for proponent bonding to mitigate impacts of unexpected catastrophic events for which known risk factors are calculable based on historical performance of similar projects.

    6.       Unacceptable requirements for proponent engagement and scrutiny in public consultation

    7.       Inadequate acceptance of proponent responsibility to consider alternative ways of completing the project.

    8.       Inadequate acceptance of proponent responsibility to consider the “do nothing” alternative to the project.

    9.       Inadequate guidance on determining the project footprint at the Local Assessment Area (LAA) level.

    10.   Inadequate guidance for a proper and effective HHERA(Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment).

    11.   Inadequate requirement for peer review of scientific aspects of the TOR.

    12.   Inadequate guidance on considering the historical record of mining in Canada, including its record of social irresponsibility, and its impacts on the integrity of rural communities.

    13.   Unacceptable level of guidance on considering impacts of the environment on the project.

    14.   Unacceptable level of guidance on considering reasonably predictable future combined impacts, either those of the current proponent or in combination with other projects.

    15.  Unacceptable specification of the possible tailing facility.

    16.   Unacceptable assumptions at this point in the process.
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