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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CORNER BROOK Thomas Resources Inc. has withdrawn its application to conduct exploratory drilling in the area of the Corner Brook watershed.
The City of Corner Brook issued a media advisory just before 11:30 a.m. to say the application had been withdrawn, effectively immediately.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.