Proposed access road’s review period extended further

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The Department of Environment and Conservation has for the second time extended the review period for a contentious proposal to build a mineral access road in the Big Triangle Pond area off the Trans-Canada Highway and Salmonier Line.

A Google map shows the Big Triangle Pond area off the Salmonier Line and Trans-Canada Highway.

A department spokeswoman confirmed Friday morning that the review period for Eagleridge International Ltd.’s proposed 11-kilometre road has been extended 30 days to June 6.

Local cabins owners have voiced concerns about the project, claiming it will spoil their enjoyment of the wilderness. Noise pollution and a potential negative impact on the local salmon populations have also been brought up by those opposed to the proposal.

Eagleridge has been exploring the area for years and says the road is needed to bring in equipment for its work. The company also claims the road can be dismantled if exploration work fails to get results.

The environment minister was originally due to render a decision on the proposal April 7. A few days after that date, the department announced the review period would be extended to May 7.

 

 

Organizations: Eagleridge International

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  • Brad
    May 09, 2014 - 10:14

    The road will go through and it doesn't matter how much the people are opposed to it, the government doesn't care. Big industry wins every time and the environment is the real loser. All those nice tourism ads forget to mention how we like to destroy everything that is beautiful here. For such a small island there are too many places polluted and left behind by industry.

  • Opponents of Big Triangle
    May 09, 2014 - 10:12

    Given these delays I beleive the floor should still remain open for public comment. The period of time when comments were open was during the winter when less people where in the area to their summer homes and getting the word out was more of a challenge. The final decision on this project is in the hands of the Town of Holyrood should the provincial government approve. I have a feeling they will approve and pass the buck along to the town of Holyrood. Residents of Holyrood need to be very active in voicing their concerns to their mayor and council as this development will impact their North Arm river and Holyrood is down stream from this development and any open pit mining that comes from it. Our group will strongly oppose any decision that allows this to move forward and we will lobby voters to change the way governments( Federal, provincal and municiple) view these develpoments through the ballot box.

  • jeff
    May 09, 2014 - 10:08

    Why couldn't this of been done in the beginning to allow people time to submit comment. It should of been extended for more public comment and consultation not just for Minister's benefit.

  • jeff
    May 09, 2014 - 09:59

    Why couldn't this of been done in the beginning to allow people time to submit comment. It should of been extended for more public comment and consultation not just for Minister's benefit.