Mining company in Manitoba fined $200,000 for violating federal environmental legislation

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CaNickel Mining Limited was ordered to pay $200,000 after pleading guilty in the Provincial Court of Manitoba to two offences, which are violations of the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations made pursuant to the Fisheries Act. The fine will be directed to the Government of Canada's Environmental Damages Fund. Story here.


PinP said…
This is the letter my friend, John Fefchak prophetically wrote to Manitoba's Premier, a dozen years ago.

The Honourable Greg Selinger
Premier of Manitoba
204 Legislative Building.
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada.
R3C 0V8 Box 2142, Virden, Manitoba
R0M 2C0
25 August 2010
Dear Premier Selinger,

Bucko Lake doesn't deserve such abusive treatment or to be used as a commodity,

Mining shouldn't be subsidized by public money or public resources,---like water.

It is only a matter of time until, operator, Crow flight minerals will begin dumping mine tailings into Bucko Lake waters.

It is a convenience and an economic benefit for industry to do this.

But the cost to the public is enormous, an environmental disaster. The sacrifice of a Lake!

To allow this harm and exploitation is an insult to all Manitobans and those people who work so hard to protect our water sources.

Manitoba is fortunate and has been blessed with abundant water sources. But that does not give us the excuse to let any of our waters be destroyed.

Water Stewardship, while advertising the saving of water as "every drop counts" and the benefits of low -flush toilets, to the best of my knowledge, has never shown any substantial interest or declared a desire to save this Lake.

I find that strange, when it is obvious this Manitoba Lake is full of fresh water, and now destined with annihilation.
You do not have the power to CREATE such a lake, Mr. Selinger, but you do have the power "to destroy" or "to save" this lake.

The final decision will be yours, for as premier and head of government, all the waters within the borders of the province of Manitoba are entrusted under your umbrella of CARE and PROTECTION.

I urge you to choose wisely and in respect of who we are and what we must do for the legacy of our future generations to continue.

For to do otherwise, we lose ourselves and our integrity when we compromise the very ideals that we fight to defend.

Your Truly
John Fefchak, CD

John views the fine as "A paltry fine that will be used as an income tax write off."

I agree.

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