Friday, August 13, 2010

Terra Ventures ends Que. uranium project

Comment:  No to uranium!  Way to go citizens of Sept-Îles running out the evil mining company! People in Virginia, get your voice and yell with the rest of us!  Protests Works!

Last Updated: Friday, August 13, 2010 | 12:12 PM

A junior exploration company is reportedly shutting down its uranium exploration site near Sept-Îles, Que., after protests from local groups.

Vancouver-based Terra Ventures Inc. has hired a contractor to remove all drilling equipment and oil barrels from its Lac Kachiwiss property, which is about 20 kilometres from the Sept-Îles port, Radio-Canada reported.

The company has not confirmed that it's leaving the 866-hectare site for good.

Terra Ventures, whose uranium exploration permit is valid until February 2011, already drilled dozens of holes at the site to determine how much uranium was underground.
The possibility of a uranium mine angered many groups in Sept-Îles, a coastal community where more than 30 area doctors threatened to quit their jobs if the project went ahead.

The town also adopted a motion asking for a moratorium on the operation.

Marc Fafard, who heads a citizens' coalition opposed to the mining project, credited the apparent decision by the company to pull out to the swell of protests from residents.

"We basically nagged them with a bunch of complaints and actions, which made the Terra Ventures name a bad name in the industry now," he said.

He and others from Sept-Îles will go to Quebec City next week to attend a legislative hearing scheduled to review proposed amendments to Quebec's mining law.

There are currently no active uranium mines in Quebec.

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