Friday, June 13, 2014

Urgent Action Required!

The MRC Temiscaming is in favor of the Kipawa Rare Earths proposal by Matamec provided Matamec abides by government imposed rules and regulations. Norman Young (Mayor of Kipawa) and André Paquet (Mayor Fugèreville) and Claudine Laforge Clouâtre (Mayor of St-Édouard-de-Fabre) voted against the project and expressed their concerns relating to a lack of information on the health and environmental risks. All other 17 members voted for the project. The 17 votes for the project were the Mayors of Angliers, Bearn, Duhamel-Ouest, Guerin, Laforce, Latulipe-et-Gaboury, Laverlochere, Lorrainville, Moffet, Nedelec, Notre-Dame-du-Nord, Remigny, St-Bruno-de-Guigues, St-Eugene-de-Guigues, Belleterre, Temiscamingue and Ville-Marie. The vote and decision was made without information on the environmental impacts and social acceptability of the project.

To express your concerns over this decision and the Kipawa Rare Earths project please copy and paste the following email and send to the current mayors of the MRC. Please be sure to cc and your letters will be used to help show that this project is not socially accepted. Please provide your contact details as indicated in the letter. If you are a tax payer in the region, even seasonal, please be sure to use your local address so that the mayors are aware that you pay taxes to the MRC.

Subject: Kipawa Rare Earth Open Pit Mine proposal by Matamec Explorations Inc.


Attention Mayors of the MRC of Temiscaming
Norman Young, Mayor, Kipawa
Arnaud Warolin, Préfet, MRCT
Lyna Pine, Mairesse Angliers
Luc Lalonde, Maire, Béarn
Jean-Yves Parent, Maire, Duhamel-Ouest
André Pâquet, Maire, Fugèreville
Maurice Laverdière, Maire, Guérin
Isabelle Morin, Mairesse, Laforce
Michel Duval, Maire, Latulipe-et-Gaboury
Daniel Barrette, Maire, Laverlochère
Simon Gélinas, Maire, Lorrainvile
Éric Dubuque, Maire, Moffet
Carmen Rivard, Mairesse, Nédélec
Alain Flageol, Maire, Notre-Dame-du-Nord
Jocelyn Aylwin, Mairesse, Rémigny
Donald Alarie, Maire, St-Bruno-de-Guigues
Mario Drouin, Maire, Fabre
Édith Lafond, Mairesse, St-Eugène-de-Guigues
Yvon Gagnon, Président, Laniel
Bruno Boyer, Maire, Belleterre
Nicole Rochon, Mairesse, Témiscamingue
Bernard Flébus, Maire, Ville-Marie 

Re Kipawa Rare Earth Open Pit Mine proposal by Matamec Explorations Inc.

I am deeply concerned about the proposed Kipawa Rare Earths Project by Matamec Explorations Inc. a junior mining company. I have been informed that as of March 4th, 2013 the MRC and the majority of the mayors voted in favor of supporting this project given that the company follow all government rules and regulations particularly those that involve the protection of the environment.

I am concerned that this resolution was adopted without having the complete information and environmental studies outlining all the potential risks and without consideration of the social acceptance of the project.

I am sending this letter today to urge all mayors of the MRC Temiscaming to reconsider their position on this project.

Rare earth mining has never been carried out in a safe manner anywhere in the world. Our current laws do not protect against the dangers of rare earth mining as they were written prior to its existence. The Metal Mining and Effluent Regulations (MMER) limit only a few of the contaminants of concern.  This project would see the creation of an open pit mine on the shores of the upper Kipawa River. Located near important fish spawning grounds and upstream of the drinking water source for several communities. The project would require 190-210 meters cubed of freshwater per hour and would release effluent back into the Kipawa River. Processing of the ore would be carried out onsite using large volumes of strong acids and bases, mine tailings and waste rock would be left on site. Blasting would have negative effects on air quality and wildlife in the region. Rare earth ores are often found associated with radioactive substances such as Uranium and Thorium. The release of radioactive substances into the environment leads to an elevated risk of chronic health problems and cancer.

Matamec has not completed their studies but the preliminary impacts as outlined in their feasibility study include:
-          Effects on surface water quality and hydrology
-          Groundwater draw-down
-          Effects on soil quality
-          Effects on air quality
-          Noise and vibration from drilling, blasting, heavy machinery, etc.
-          Loss of vegetation and wetlands
-          Habitat loss and alteration (including fish spawning grounds)
-          Relocation of seasonal camps and cottages
-          Effects on recreational use of area (fishing, hunting, trapping, canoeing, etc.)
-          Disturbance of archaeological sites
-          Visual modifications of the landscape
-          Potential risks spillage of chemical products (hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid and lime) during transport and use
-          Modifications to the biophysical and social environment
I do not support this project and it is not socially accepted. Those opposed to the project include season and permanent residents, tourists and business owners. We are concerned about the effects on water, air, soil, wildlife and human health. 

Tourism is a vital part of the local economy, tourism and mining do not mix. Kipawa Lake and surrounding areas is a beautiful, pristine and unique ecosystem. It should be protected for its intrinsic worth and not exploited for its resources. The economic benefits of this project if allowed to proceed will be many for the companies involved but few to the local residents and taxpayers who will be faced with the risk and the burden of managing the waste after the company has moved on. The promised jobs and tax revenues are not worth the risk. Please consider the voice of the opposed public and do not support the Kipawa Rare Earths Project or mining within this beautiful watershed.
Thank you,

Postal Code/Zip Code:

Thursday, May 8, 2014

T-shirt campaign

T-shirt campaign just launched! You can now show your support by ordering one of our custom Ts! Worldwide shipping available!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Important Information Session

APART is hosting an information session on the Kipawa Rare Earths project. Independent experts from Mining Watch Canada, Coalition Pour que le Québec ait Meilleure MINE, Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility and others will be present. Information will be provided on the upcoming environmental assessments and how the public can participate. The information session will be held May 13, 2014 7pm at the Eagle Village First Nation Community Centre. Information will be provided in both French and English.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Kipawa Lake Preservation Society

Recently, the Kipawa Lake Preservation Society launched their website, The purpose of the site is to inform the public of the current threats to the Kipawa watershed. The current focus is on mining and specifically the mining of rare earths and Kipawa Rare Earths Project proposed by a junior mining company, Matamec Explorations Inc. If allowed to proceed this project has the potential to forever change the area and the watershed. Information on potential risks and impacts presented on the website have been thoroughly researched and come from reputable sources such as the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) as well as Government of Canada reports. Matamec Explorations Inc. published a feasibility report in fall 2013 that identified many potential impacts including:
  • Effects on surface water quality and hydrology
  • Drawdown of groundwater
  • Soil Quality
  • Air Quality
  • Noise and Vibration
  • Loss of vegetation and wetlands
  • Habitat Loss and Alteration
  • Relocation of seasonal camps and cottages
  • Effects on recreational use of area (hunting, fishing, trapping, canoeing)
  • Disturbance to archeological sites
  • Visual modification to the landscape
  • Traffic increases on the Maniwaki Road
  • Potential risk of chemical products being split during transport (from Ontario to Quebec)
  • Modifications to biophysical and social environment
The extraction and processing rare earths present a unique set of risks not present with other types of mining. While, Canada has more stringent environmental laws than China (currently the top rare earth producer), Canadian environmental laws were written prior to the existence of rare earth mining. Canadian environmental laws do not address many of the contaminants of concern or place restrictions upon their release into the environment. This project site is located in close proximity to the Kipawa watershed and upstream of important fish spawning habitat, drinking water sources as well as a world renowned tourist destination. This is no place for a toxic open pit rare earth mine. While those in favor of the project argue that rare earths are vital for technology such as smart phones, lap tops, MRIs and cancer treatments it is important to note that the intended use of the majority of the rare earth ores extracted from this project are for the production of hybrid and electric vehicles. These vehicles labelled as ‘green technology’ can hardly be called so when the environmental destruction that occurs during the process of obtaining rare earths is taken into account. The technology already exists to produce hybrid and electric vehicles without the use of rare earth ores and many companies are even making use of recycling rare earth ores discarded from smart phones and other hand held electronic devices in producing their vehicles.

It is alarming that this project is receiving support from local and provincial government bodies prior to the completion of environmental impact assessments and without consideration of social acceptability. In 2012, 17 out of 20 mayors of the local municipalities voted in favor of the proposed project. Recently, Matamec announced the financial contribution of 4 million dollars by Ressources Quebec into the project.

For more information please visit or contact 
Kipawa Lake Preservation Society
P.O. Box 1
Temiscaming, Quebec
J0Z 3R0 

The mission of the Kipawa Lake Preservation Society is to preserve the Kipawa watershed as it is, environmentally healthy and unpolluted, through constant dialogue, education and protective initiatives that involve the local population, general public, government officials and corporations directly or indirectly related to the Kipawa watershed.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Kipawa Lake Preservation Society launches website!

Last week the Kipawa Lake Preservation Society launched its website,
The purpose of the website is to educate and inform the public about threats to the Kipawa watershed.The current focus is on mining and specifically the mining of rare earths. The site contains a great deal of thoroughly researched and factual information about mining and its threats. Please support the Kipawa Lake Preservation Society by visiting and sharing their website. 
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

What you can do to help Save Kipawa Lake

Sign the petitions!

(signatures worldwide excepted on the petition, no minimum age required)

Sign these official government petitions (citizens/residents of Canada only)

Green Party of Canada Petition (French) (English)

NDP (Christine Moore) Navigable Waterways Petition

Support the Kipawa Lake Preservation Society

The Kipawa Lake Preservation Society is a volunteer led group of local and seasonal residents of Kipawa Lake and surrounding areas. Their goals are to lobby for the long term protection of Kipawa Lake and surrounding areas. They are concerned about the many threats to this watershed and the impacts they will have on the health of the ecosystem and nearby communities.

A website with more information about the proposed mining projects, exploration, and risks as well as more information on what the public can do to help (including letter writing campaigns, volunteer opportunities, and other initiatives) will be available shortly. In the meantime please support the Kipawa Lake Preservation Society by visiting and hitting the 'like' button.

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