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A newly proposed gold mine in Nova Scotia is threatening decades of conservation work on the St. Mary’s River on Canada’s northeastern island province. The St. Mary’s is one of the last bastions for wild reproducing Atlantic Salmon in the region and the construction of the proposed Cochrane Hill open-pit mine would threaten the already delicate ecosystem.
According to The Narwhal, the proposed mine “would involve the construction of an open-pit gold mine one kilometer long, half a kilometer wide and a maximum of 170 meters deep alongside the river. In total, the project would involve some 240 hectares (roughly 450 football fields).”
Any sort of spill or leakage from the mine or its impoundments could spell the end for wild salmon in the St. Mary’s River.
To learn more about the proposed mine and its potential impact, watch the video below, or read this in-depth article from The Narwhal!