Editor's note: Mr. Peever writes in response to the BayToday story Can Canada mine enough minerals to feed the EV revolution?
To the editor:
Premiers Ford and Smith want to cut red tape or get rid of environmental assessment altogether in regard to mining.
Let’s see what the past clean-ups cost as paid by tax payers over the last decade.
The Giant Mine, one of the most contaminated sites in all of Canada has an estimated clean-up cost of 4.38 billion dollars.
In Ontario, the Deloro abandoned mine site cost 30 million dollars to clean up.
To date 23,078 federal and provincial sites across Canada still need to be cleaned up with tax payer’s dollars. Imagine what the money spent for mine clean up could do if it was put into our health care system instead of cleaning up the mess of the large companies who have come in and profited and left the mess to the taxpayers to clean up.
Premiers Ford and Smith need to get real.