Windfarm takes centre stage at mine extension debate

 By Stewart Burnett  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Debates, presentations, questions and concerns were underway for a more-than-a-week-long meeting of the Nunavut Impact Review Board discussing Agnico Eagle’s application to extend the Meliadine gold mine. Of chief concern for many was Agnico’s proposed windfarm, which would see three to five turbines installed in the first phase and up to 11 in total. In Agnico Eagle’s presentation package, one bullet point reads, “Only viable option for Agnico Eagle is a windfarm,” in light of a green energy focus for the Government of Canada and requirement to reduce GHGs under Term and Condition 9 in its project certificate. The extension, if it were to go through, proposes to extend the mine’s life by 11 years up to 2043. “The construction and operation of…

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