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St. Mary’s River Association launches new campaign webpage

As Atlantic Gold pushes, NOPE campaign opens channel for citizen engagement.

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The new campaign website for NOPE (No Open Pit Mining Excavation) has great information on the proposed gold mine at Cochrane Hill, near the St. Mary's River.

 – The St. Mary’s River Association, a leading voice for conservation and protection of the Nova Scotia’s longest river has launched a new website to engage and inform citizens about the threat of gold mining in the watershed.Atlantic Gold, a subsidiary of Australia’s St. Barbara Mining, is proposing to dig a large open pit gold mine less than a kilometre from the St. Mary’s River. The development footprint would also swallow up the headwaters of McKeen Brook, critical spawning habitat for endangered wild Atlantic salmon.

“Atlantic Gold is running a campaign to influence the public and downplay the environmental risks of the proposed Cochrane Hill mine. We’re meeting this challenge with a user-friendly way for people to access information and engage with decision makers,” said Scott Beaver, president of the St. Mary’s River Association and an organizer of the No Open Pit Excavation (NOPE) campaign.

The new website can be viewed at:

The Cochrane Hill mine project is currently being reviewed by the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada. Guideline’s for the company’s pending environmental impact statement were released in January 2019, but Atlantic Gold has yet to make a submission to regulators


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