Living without mines

Did you know ?

In October 2020, Énertourbe inc. purchased 32 mining claims covering a large area around Kingsey Townline Road, from 3e rang / Spooner Road to Trenholm, straddling the municipalities of Canton de Cleveland and Saint-Félix-de-Kingsey, Quebec (Canada). The purchase directly affects more than sixty landowners.

The prospector wants to carry out exploratory cores to determine the qualities / quantities of copper, zinc, silver and gold supposedly present under our lands and then resell the claims to the highest bidder for exploitation.

On october 8, 2021, the prospector informs us that the initial exploratory phase is finished. The municipalities have yet to receive his report.


October 2020

Claims are bought by Énertourbe

(October 29th)

November 2020

Énertourbe informs the municipality of Saint-Félix-de-Kingsey of its intention to conduct mining exploration

(November 23rd)

December 2020

Exploration by gravimetric analyses by Énertourbe

(from December 7)

Subcontractors enter private land without permission on several occasions

Information meeting

(December 22)

January/Feb 2021

Information meeting

(February 4)

Analytical results suggest the presence of zinc, gold, copper or silver at a depth of at least 500 m

Éntertourbe wishes to move forward with the exploration by coring

Creation of the citizens' committee Vivre sans mine

March 2021

Collection of signatures of owners affected by claims to refuse access to their land

Publication of the notice of claim purchase by Énertourbe (March 31), which should have been made 30 days after the October 29th transaction

June/July 2021

Municipalities of Saint-Félix-de-Kingsey and Canton de Cleveland vote a resolution opposing an exploration or mining project on their territory

October 2021

  • On October 3, 2021, dozens of owners affected by the claims, the mayors of Saint-Félix-de-Kingsey and Cleveland and city councilors gathered to discuss recent updates

  • On October 4, the municipality of Saint-Félix-de-Kingsey votes a resolution asking the MRC Drummond to take the necessary measures to protect the territory against all exploration and mining.

  • On October 8, 2021, Mr. Duplessis sends an email indicating that the initial exploration phase is complete and that he will contact us if the analysis suggests that further work is necessary.

Our rights

Deny access to our land

because it is only at the mining exploration stage that owners can do this

Take civic actions

because the exploration / mining project does not meet the social acceptability criteria required in such endeavors

Inform the population

because the radius affected by the mining project exceeds that of the claims and little information is circulated about it

Solicit the support of elected officials and organisations

because it is strategic to work in a concerted manner and to promote the active involvement of all stakeholders in the field

Impacts of a mining project

On soils

  • Risk of contamination

  • Loss of agricultural land

  • Mining brings up the problem of contaminated sludge management

On water

  • Contamination of wells and groundwater

  • Wetland disturbance

  • Pressure on water supplies because mining requires large amounts of it

On quality of life

  • Increase in truck traffic

  • Increased noise and dust

  • Possible decrease in land value

On biodiversity

  • Disturbance of soil biodiversity

  • Degradation of habitats due to noise and air pollution, increased activity in the territory

Take part in the citizen movement

Show your colours

  • Get the Vivre sans mine sign in coroplast (2 'X 2') at a cost of $ 15 to install on your property

Talk to those around you

  • Stay informed of developments by joining our Facebook group

  • Help us to proclaim loud and clear the social non-acceptability of the project by discussing with your neighbors, your municipal counsellors, the deputies of the region, the farmers' unions or other organizations likely to have an influence on this matter.

You have questions ? Do not hesitate to contact us for more information or if you wish to offer your support to the citizens' committee "Vivre sans mine".

To contact us

Comité citoyen Vivre sans mine

Spokespersons : Noémi Cantin (canton de Cleveland, QC)

Marylène Pronovost (Saint-Félix-de-Kingsey, QC)