The vocal Wilderness Committee is strongly opposing construction of a new copper mine in Grass River Provincial Park.
The Manitoba government is close to authorizing the mine’s operation, which will be run by Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Company (Hudbay) within a threatened woodland caribou habitat.
“It’s a park. I thought parks were the one place we could escape mining and find solace in undisturbed nature,” said Eric Reder, Manitoba campaign director with the Wilderness Committee. “This mine is a slap in the face of all Manitobans who, like me, value protecting wilderness.”
The Committee has collected 25,000 letters from Manitobans over the year who oppose such industrial activity and logging in parks.
“As is often the case with the Manitoba government, the construction on site is so far along as to render the public consultations meaningless. Even without full approval of this mine, the impact of this exploration will be visible in the forest for the next half century,” Reder added.
A full licence for the mine, located near the edge of Reed Lake, has yet to be granted.