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PostPosted: November 10th, 2012, 12:43 am 

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Anyone familiar with the History of the Kearney Mine on the west border of Algonquin Park know the original owners (Cal Graphite) went bankrupt with an underfunded closure fund
while leachate entered Graphite Lake, the headwaters of the Magnetewan.

China has cornered the market of rare earth elements such as Graphite, providing a opportunity for some to make a quick profit on the looming Bissett Creek Mine owned by Northern Graphite on the east border of Algonquin Park.

Will another mess be left behind?
I don’t know and I can’t get access to the closure plan.
Will any fund be set aside in trust to deal with damage amelioration? How is is structured and managed?
I don’t know and I can’t get access to the closure plan.

The 30-day clock of public comment on the closure plan for the Bissett Creek mine began ticking November 7th and after this period the operation may proceed. The closure plan is not accessible:

1. Bob Baxter of Northern Graphite has not made a PDF of the plan available on request and was not even sure he could, as it was “not a public document”.
2. Tom Ruthenberg, Mines, could not provide a PDF of the plan either.
3. The website does invites public comment but does not post the closure plan.
4. There is no “executive summary” on offer.

My one option is to take a day off work, drive 1100km round trip to look at a paper copy. Both the Ministry and NG warned me of the thickness of the document and the number of Mbytes the PDF might be, though we download Gbytes these days.

I see standard procedure is to make closure plans difficult to access, difficult to search (paper copy) and difficult to readily assimilate due to size. These are also standard corporate lawyer methods.

A mine does mean some local mining jobs for a while but the sad part is all the income and jobs lost by all the end products (LiOn batteries, Nuclear moderators, motor & brake components) not made in Canada.

If you are also curious what NG and the Ministry of Mines are apparently trying to slip past public review, here are some contacts. Maybe you will have better luck. ... t-2012.pdf

Don Baxter CEO of NG (Also now president of the Kearney Mine):
Tim Ruthenberg, Mines and Minerals, Sudbury: ... anguage=en

General Closure plan search ... (search on “graphite”)

Info on Kearney Mine, new owners. ... spx?Id=359

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