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“Don’t allow yourself to be confused into voting for the wrong person.”
- Ted Menzies  


The proposal from Micrex Development Corporation to construct a magnetite quarry and access road on public land north of Burmis on the flanks of the Livingstone Range has been turned over to the Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB).
The Province announced its decision to order an in-depth review of the proposed mining project on Thursday, April 14th, and said that the NRCB will be seeking public input as part of its review process.
Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (SRD) Minister Mel Knight said this is the best way to ensure a fair and open review of the application, and that the NRCB will determine whether the project is in the best interest of the public by determining the social, economic, and environmental impact.
Local resident and scientist David McIntyre was interviewed on CBC Radio One on Monday, April 18th regarding the announcement, in which he expressed his frustration with the fact that this process has been ongoing for the past 10 years and a decision has yet to be reached.
“I am frustrated that this has gone to the NRCB,” McIntyre said in an interview with the Pass Herald on April 21st. “However, I am not surprised because it’s obvious the government has had incredible difficulty reaching a decision on this matter.”
“The government has probably spent more time and money trying to figure this out than what the actual product is probably worth.”
McIntyre said he is pleased, however, that the issue has now been brought before the national public eye.
“If there is anything positive that has come out of this, it is that we have now taken this from being a local issue to being on the national stage,” he said.
McIntyre said he has spent a great deal of his personal time trying to draw attention to the proposed mining project, which many local residents are concerned could cause irrevocable damage to the landscape, which is home to large populations of elk, Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep, wintering moose, mountain goats, Mule and Whitetail deer, endangered and ancient Limber and Whitebark pines, rough fescue grass, and the world’s largest concentration of migrating Golden eagles, and also serves as critical grizzly bear habitat.
“The government has failed to place any real value on the land,” he said. “They are too quick to throw it all away or compromise it without really knowing what we’re doing.”
He went on to note that magnetite is a product which is readily available on the open market for very low cost, and that he felt there was no need to mine for it in this area.
McIntyre said he told CBC he would like to see a full public hearing on the issue.
“The longer we wait to make a decision on this, the more likely it is that it will be made in the best interest of the public,” he said. “That is all I really want.”
Former SRD Minister Ted Morton suggested that the NRCB look over the review process late last year, and that the final decision should not be made until the Land Use Framework for the South Saskatchewan Region has been completed.
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