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If a proposed gold mining project does eventually begin on Glover Island in the Grand Lake area it goes without saying that the environment does need to be kept in mind. No one wants to see any amount of pollution going out into a lake that provides so much fresh water to so many towns. The company responsible has certain regulations to follow and if those rules are broken, hopefully the company will be dealt with in the best way possible.

The other side of this is, if successful, mining in the region could provide jobs and prosperity for the region for years. If we want to reverse the so-called “brain drain” utilizing our natural resources at a local level is a good way to do it. Of course the environment is a concern, but if the plans are followed and the most modern mining techniques are utilized the effects on the environment should be minimal.

We just need to make sure the company actually follows its own plans and that’s where the province should be stepping in.

We just need to make sure the company actually follows its own plans and that’s where the province should be stepping in. Ask anyone on the Northern Peninsula and they’ll all say the provincial hasn’t been attentive to their needs over the last few years. Getting information out of the province has become like pulling teeth recently and provincial workers have been laid off by the dozens.

If we are going to allow companies to extract our natural resources, we need a strong governing body that will make sure these companies follow the rules.

More inspectors and enforcement officers on the scene of a major work site not only help the environment, it should also help without our peace of mind.

These two combined should be worth their weight in gold.

Geographic location: Glover Island, Grand Lake, Northern Peninsula

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