READER COMMENT: Wholesale changes wrong for Mining Act

Faithful reader Carl Huston of Red Lake, ON, chimed in with his more than 50 years of experience in the exploration...

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Faithful reader Carl Huston of Red Lake, ON, chimed in with his more than 50 years of experience in the exploration industry:

 

"A few changes could be made to enhance the regulations but not wholesale [rewriting] as the government of the day wants. If this is not stopped, I believe it will be a disaster for the province.

 

"It is unbelievable the lack of knowledge our legislators have, and listening to them rattle on is disgusting. Is it the intention of the government to have all of the land be shared in some form or another with aboriginals of Ontario? Or are we talking about specific reservation lands and some surrounding heritage rights lands?" he wrote.

 

"I recall that when I was the chief mining recorder for the province of Manitoba in 1972, I was charged with designing the new Manitoba Mines Act under government mandates. As a result most all exploration companies pulled out of the province leaving only producers Inco and Hudson Bay. Exploration came to a standstill for a few years."

 

Huston continued, "Government states that these so-called amendments will enhance mineral exploration. [I predict they] will, in fact, do nothing except add bureaucracy, unneeded costs, lost time and delays. Statements by Goldcorp, the Northwest Ontario Prospectors Association, Ontario Mining Association and others [that] say that the proposed changes will enhance exploration are absolutely unfounded."

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