***UPDATE*** Thomas Resources withdraws application to drill in area of Corner Brook watershed

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Corner Brook Mayor Neville Greeley talks to the media Thursday.

CORNER BROOK  Mayor Neville Greeley says Thomas Resources Inc. is done with its plan for the Corner Brook watershed.

The company emailed the city Thursday morning to inform it that it was withdrawing its application to conduct exploratory drilling in the watershed area.

Greeley said he later contacted Rod Mercer, chief executive officer of Thomas Resources to express his frustration and disappointment with the decision and was told “that’s it”.

“I expect no future contact from Thomas Resources,” said the mayor during a noon press conference outside city hall.

Greeley said he thought opposition to the project may have played a role in the company’s decision.

“But the fears were all in relation to things that might happen if we ever did get to a mine stage,” said Greeley.

Greeley, who was in support of the application, said the it needed to be addressed on its own merits.

And expressed concern about impact the company’s decision could have on the city.

“You know any company that’s looking to do business is looking for a set of rules and regulations that they have to follow,” said Greeley. “And if you’ve got a council that’s got a set of rules and regulations in place and you’ve got a community that’s not willing to follow them then it doesn’t send a very strong messge, I can assure you of that.”



CORNER BROOK Thomas Resources Inc. has withdrawn its application to conduct exploratory drilling in the area of the Corner Brook watershed.

The City of Corner Brook issued a media advisory just before 11:30 a.m. to say the application had been withdrawn, effectively immediately.

The company had proposed drilling 21 holes at nine locations to look for garnet and kyanite.

A 14-day public consultation process on the application started on Monday.

More information to come later.


Geographic location: CORNER BROOK

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  • Jackie Barrett
    July 18, 2013 - 20:43

    In case everyone didn't heard, Detroit has become America's largest city to file for bankruptcy. Some of the reasons the American city is now bankrupt include poor financial management, inability to attract businesses, poor infrastructure, and population decline. If Corner Brook doesn't make an effort to attract businesses, entrepreneurs, and employers, the city will continue to face population decline as more people will move to satellite towns or suburbs, tax revenue will decrease, infrastructure will deteriorate, and the city will be bankrupt. Corner Brook has already experience similar conditions to Detroit due to lower tax revenue, lower population, and inability to attract employers as a result of poor business climate including cuts to government services, deteriorating infrastructure, and higher taxes. If the trend continues, some of it due to macro-economic conditions and some of it due to poor leadership, Corner Brook will become the "Detroit of Newfoundland and Labrador" and become bankrupt.

    • david
      July 19, 2013 - 06:39

      Good post...though even in bankruptcy, Detroit is quite insulted by the comparison.

  • Pat M.
    July 18, 2013 - 15:12

    I agree with you Terry. It is the location of the proposed drilling that is the problem. If it were elsewhere the citizens of Corner Brook would have welcomed this project. No one here is adverse to economic growth. But never at the risk of our water supply.

  • Terry
    July 18, 2013 - 14:16

    This seems like a very sound decision. Why put the water supply of Corner Brook, or anywhere else, at risk? Why would the Mayor support a project that could compromise our water?

    • david
      July 18, 2013 - 15:58

      Why put your socks 'at risk' every day, pulling them on over jagged, razor-sharp toenails? Seems crazy...when you sit down and really think about it !

    • Devil's Advocate
      July 19, 2013 - 08:10

      Gross David! Why don't you just cut your toenails?

  • Jackie Barrett - Disgruntled Corner Brooker
    July 18, 2013 - 14:06

    Greeley might be concerned about Thomas Resources mineral exploration project withdrawal, but most of the problems attracting aspiring entrepreneurs, restaurant chains, and retail chains are Corner Brook City Council's fault as well. Maybe if Corner Brookers embraced new businesses, and City Council eased off on their heavy handed red tape, Mayor Greeley wouldn't have to feel too concerned in the first place. If Greeley is truly concerned, he should make an effort to attract more businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. Easing off on their red tape and poor buisness climate is a start. Keep in mind about Kim Campbell's famous quote. "Government doesn't create jobs, government creates a climate for jobs".

  • dogloc
    July 18, 2013 - 13:09

    If Thomas Resources were sure this drilling would not effect the water supply & the enviroment ,then it would not have withdrawn its application to drill,but with no sure thing,liablities were too great.(.I expect davids negative responce any time now..)

  • Jeff
    July 18, 2013 - 12:47

    Mr. Mayor, if you have a council that has a set of rules, and a community that is not willing to follow them, it sounds to me as though you have a community that needs a new council-- clearly the current one is not listening to them!

  • david
    July 18, 2013 - 12:46

    Corner Brook has been a strangely delusional, pompous little burg for far too long, but this is one is delusional even by local standards. Like a spoiled rotten child, people think that money grows on trees and appears on government cheques in the mail. Well, bravo eejots.....you've "saved" Corner Brook from one more kick at an economic future. Enjoy your spare time walking the trails. Hallelujah!

    • Mike
      July 18, 2013 - 16:47

      Hey David, Take a good look in the mirror with regards to delusion and pomposity. I normally don't feed trolls however you seem to be more hungry then most and I hate to see anyone go hungry. While exploration is a far cry from a full mining exploration, I would hate to see the entire community having to move because they could no longer drink the water. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough dialogue with Thomas Resources and other Stakeholders to ensure that other options were available.

    • Mike
      July 18, 2013 - 17:18

      Hey David, Take a good look in the mirror with regards to delusion and pomposity. I normally don't feed trolls however you seem to be more hungry then most and I hate to see anyone go hungry. While exploration is a far cry from a full mining operation* (correction), I would hate to see the entire community having to move because they could no longer drink the water. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough dialogue with Thomas Resources and other Stakeholders to ensure that other options were available.

    • david
      July 18, 2013 - 17:40

      There was no dialogue to have...your side was all bluster and made-up, outrageous scenarios and no one can debate or argue with that. In other places, reason and rationality usually win over people who are smart enough to think straight...not here. Thomas did precisely the right thing under the ciurcumstances, and I applaud their leadership for recognizing a no-win situation and walking away from it.

  • Jackie Barrett - Disgruntled Corner Brooker
    July 18, 2013 - 12:43

    I don't know what to say except for the fact that I hope Corner Brookers are Corner Brook City Council are happy, they blew their last chance to prove to the world that this city is truly opened for business. With many aspiring entrepreneurs, particularly Daniel Griffin and DeeJay Penney, and their business plans for Corner Brook rejected, and also many restaurant and retail chains rejected, particularly Costco Wholesale (refer to the story "'Very interesting' year; Corner Brook’s mayor looking to future"), and now prospective major employers pulling out of this city due to frustrations with City Council and Corner Brook people, this once proud Western Newfoundland city have created a business climate so terrible and red tape heavy that entrepreneur or chain will come to Corner Brook anymore. With another potential employer coupled with hundreds of great paying jobs for Corner Brookers gone due to City Council and the public's reluctance, I have two important question for you. How will Corner Brook survive after Corner Brook Pulp and Paper are gone considering the city now has a reputation for creating a poor business and entrepreneurial climate? How will this city attract aspiring entrepreneurs and diversify their economy away from pulp and paper if City Council uses one rule after another to reject it? If it wasn't for Corner Brook's regulations banning individuals from outside Corner Brook to run for Mayor or Council, I would be more than willing to run, and if elected, turn Corner Brook into Canada's most friendly city to do business. In the meantime, since I fear that Corner Brook has blew their last chance to prove to be business and entrepreneur friendly, I hope City Council are happy, they ruined this city, perhaps for a long time.

  • Lloyd Piercey
    July 18, 2013 - 11:53

    Well Mayor Greely the philosophers won again. It seems we've more philosophers than reasonable peoples (taxpayers). Is that why we have a glorified dog walking park where the new hospital is supposed to be built?

  • Charlie
    July 18, 2013 - 11:32

    Don't be fooled Corner Brook, it's clear this withdrawal is just a tactic Thomas Resources is using to make sure this doesn't become an election issue in the fall... make sure you don't let that happen and vote for the people who oppose the watershed so we can keep our only water source quarry-free.

  • Townie
    July 18, 2013 - 11:27

    Did you expect them to do anything else! So much for progress.

  • david
    July 18, 2013 - 11:05

    The only rational, responsible move possible. Would have been money completely wasted, delineating a deposit that would never be permitted to mine. Thomas' shareholders are better off this morning than they were last night, and Corner Brook will be happy in the ignorance of never having to know what thewy just lost. And congrats to them, they got exactly what you wanted, based on zero facts, just baseless scare tactics. Now, on to bigger issues, .like more walking trails and sports fields --- our REAL economic engines of growth!