Reference image. Part of the Cobequid fault zone exposed in cliffs to the west of Clarke Head, near Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. Photo by Mike Norton, Wikimedia Commons.

Following a request by the Colchester County council, Nova Scotia’s Department of Natural Resources delayed issuing a request for proposals for gold exploration in the Warwick Mountain area until early May.

The 30,000-hectare terrain between Earltown, Tatamagouche, and Wentworth is considered to have potential for the development of multiple gold mines.

But according to local publication The Chronicle Herald, Colchester council is worried about the fact that extractive activities would take place in the county’s watershed. Thus, community members want to have a “best mining practices policy” in place before getting miners’ hopes high.

Yet, Natural Resources spokesman Bruce Nunn told the newspaper that environmental policies already exist and that each miner that is allowed to move beyond exploration has to go through a provincial environmental assessment approval and an industrial approval, and is very likely to need a federal approval as well.

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