Northern Quebec Communities Demand End of Uranium Prospecting by
Uracan, MarketWatch, Dec. 18, 2011 “…..All eight municipalities in Minganie, a
region of Northern Quebec, have already voted in favour of a resolution against uranium prospecting on their territory. On November 23rd, the Regional County Municipality of Minganie also adopted a resolution outlawing all uranium-related activities within an area of
50 kilometers north of the coastline. Clearly, there is no social support for uranium mining in Minganie.
Uracan’s drilling sites are located in the area covered by the resolution. This is why we ask that Minister Gignac act immediately and tell Uracan to pack its bags and leave. We will not tolerate more drilling. We demand that the company cease all its activities and move its installations, equipment and machineries elsewhere. If it fails to do so, actions will be taken.
We also ask that Uracan provide compensation to those who have been negatively affected by its activities. For instance, Aguanish hunters
have been unable to take full advantage of the hunting season because
of the constant presence of helicopters, and this, despite the
supposed good will the company has shown in the media. Uracan had also
promised to build a fence around the plot they rented from the village
of Aganish; they have not followed through on their word, which has
affected the security of citizens. People from Baie-Johan-Beetz have
said that the company has damaged trails by going through them with
their vehicles. Businesses, camping grounds and outfitters have all
been affected by the incessant passage of helicopters. Cabin owners
have lost their peacefulness. All these disturbances warrant
reparation. At the very least, when we are not invited somewhere and
we disturb others, we should apologize.
We demand that Uracan leave the region by February 15th, 2012, and
that the company inform the population by making public their
departure from the Regional County Municipality of Minganie’s
In the letter we sent to Minister Gignac, we also asked for a
moratorium on uranium mining in Quebec – this means a Plan Nord
without uranium. All uranium-related activities, including the
transport of radioactive waste on the St-Laurence and the transport by
road and storage of nuclear waste in Quebec should be included in this
moratorium. We also demand the decommissioning of the Gentilly 2 and
the complete decontamination its site and surrounding areas….