The laurentians: a city sued for$96 Million

News 5 March, 2018
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    Simon-Pier Ouellet

    Monday, march 5, 2018 14:52

    Monday, march 5, 2018 14:52

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    A small town of barely 3000 inhabitants in the Laurentians is sued for$ 96 Million by a company of British Columbia who wished to open a mine of graphite.

    The company Canada Carbon claims this colossal sum of money to the municipality of Grenville-sur-la-Rouge and the 7 members of the city council including the mayor Thomas Arnold.

    The company tried to exploit the mine of graphite Miller since 2013, but said he was hampered in his efforts by the municipality.

    “About the misleading and erroneous propagated by the members of the council of the municipality will be totally and irreparably compromise the project’s social acceptability “, one can read in the continuation of 17 pages filed in the superior Court.

    According to the lawsuit, the municipality had adopted in 2015, a draft of the regulations which authorized the mining activities in the area which was to be mine. In 2016, the city issues a favourable opinion to the Commission for the protection of the agricultural territory in order to allow the mining to go ahead.

    However, three opponents of the project, including mayor Thomas Arnold, were elected in the elections of last November. According to the lawsuit, the municipality has done an about-face and change its zoning bylaw to prohibit the extraction activities. The new city council has also given an opinion unfavourable to the CPTAQ.

    More details to come…