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Lawsuit against mine in Quebec not similar enough to proposed Kamloops mine to matter: KGHM Ajax

October 26, 2016 - 10:30 AM

KAMLOOPS - A warning from mining watchdog MiningWatch Canada to KGHM Ajax regarding a court case in Quebec doesn’t translate well to the situation in Kamloops, KGHM Ajax spokesperson Yves Lacasse says.

MiningWatch Canada suggests KGHM Ajax could face $100 million to over $200 million in costs based on a class action launched against the mining company in Malartic, and a compensation package it is providing the community.

“To suggest that the Ajax Project would face a class action lawsuit similar to that in Malartic is presumptuous,” he writes in an email. “The Ajax Project is being designed from the outset to have little to no impacts on its closest neighbours.”

Different topography and the location of homes mean the two situations don't match up, he says.

“In Malartic, the company has acknowledged there have been ongoing problems related to noise and vibration with neighbours who live very close to the pit,” he writes.

In Malartic, a case is before courts between the company running the mine and residents looking for community compensation. 

The approval process for the propsed Ajax mine is temporarly suspended while questions about the environmental assessment are answered. 

Find past stories on the proposed Ajax mine here.


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