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[OPIRG-EVENTS] Fwd: action alert: "Deadline - 2 days to go - Mining ThreatensMellon Lake Conservation"

Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 08:14:25 -0400
To: jkneen@web.net
From: Ontario Environment Network <oen@oen.ca>
Subject: action alert: "Deadline - 2 days to go - Mining Threatens 
Mellon Lake Conservation"
Sender: canada@miningwatch.ca

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Subject: LANDSFORLIFE-L "Deadline - 2 days to go - Mining Threatens Mellon
Lake Conservation Reserve Again!"
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There are only 2 days left to submit comment on the proposal to mine the
Mellon Lake Conservation Reserve.  Submissions must be received by end of
day June 22, 2001

Please make a submission and let the MNR know what you think of Mining in

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Mining Threatens Mellon Lake Conservation Reserve Again!

For the second time in a year a new mine proposal is threatening the Mellon
Lake Conservation Reserve (CR) in eastern Ontario.

Last spring a Concord, Ontario company applied to the Ministry of Natural
Resources (MNR) to mine granite from the Mellon Lake area. In January 2001,
after considerable public input, the Minister of Natural Resources refused
to issue the permit that would have located a mine in a protected area.

Mellon Lake, located in eastern Ontario (northeast of Belleville on Hwy 41
south of Kaladar) is an area of outstanding natural features and rare
species.  In 1983 the province designated it as an Area of Natural and
Scientific Interest (ANSI).  It contains several provincially and regionally
significant species including the Little Prickly Pear Cactus (provincially
rate) and the Five Lined Skink (Ontario's only lizard, recently determined
to be "vulnerable" in Canada).  In 1999 it was designated in Ontario's
Living Legacy strategy as a Conservation Reserve.

Last month the same company re-submitted the same application to MNR in the
hopes of receiving a permit this time.  Under the Aggregate Resources Act
(ARA) there is no limit to the number of time you can apply.

Public involvement to Stop the Mellon Lake Mine is crucial.

Here's what you can do:

The first part of the process with entail a public meeting followed by a
comment period.

Mellon Lake Quarry Open House
Kaladar Community Centre
May 23, 2001
3:00pm to 7:00 pm
Kaladar, Ontario

(Kaladar is located on Hwy 7 at Hwy 41 north of Napanee in eastern Ontario)

Please attend the public Open House if at all possible.

As we receive information on other public input opportunities we will post
them on this list serve.


The Partnership for Public Lands is composed of:
Federation of Ontario Naturalists (FON)
Wildlands League (WL), a Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness
World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF)

Since 1997 this partnership has been working towards protecting land in
Ontario that the Provincial Government has been designating for long-term
land use strategies.

The Partnership issues messages via this List Serve to inform interested
people of the progress of our work and on immediate action that needs to be

Partnership for Public Lands
Suite 380, 401 Richmond Street West
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 3A8

Phone (416) 971.9453 xt 43
Fax (416) 979.3155


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