Grenville-sur-la-Rouge approves zoning changes to curtail resource extraction

By James Morgan, The Review, November 6, 2018

Grenville-sur-la-Rouge council has made another bold move aimed at controlling resource extraction in the municipality. On November 1, 2018, council officially approved zoning changes that will prohibit or curtail resource extraction and processing in the area where Canada Carbon has proposed to develop a new graphite mine and marble quarry. The move will also complicate Mirabel-based Uniroc’s sand pit and quarry interests in the municipality.

Earlier this year, Canada Carbon launched a $96-million lawsuit against Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, claiming that the then-council had unreasonably tried to block its proposed marble quarry and mining project. Uniroc likewise launched a $9.5-million suit earlier this in response to council’s efforts to block or curtail resource extraction.

The November 1 meeting to approve the changes went quickly. About two dozen residents were in the audience and rounds of applause followed each statement by Mayor Tom Arnold and council’s unanimous vote.

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