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Future wilderness status of Archibald Lake unclear

By Alec Bruce  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter ST MARY’S-As federal regulators pulled the plug last week on a proposed Sherbrooke-area gold mine’s environmental assessment, provincial officials were still “considering” whether to protect a local lake from future industrial forays onto its wetlands. In a statement to The Journal on Sept. 1, Department of Environment and Climate Change (ECC) spokesperson Tracy Barron said, “No decisions  about protected wilderness designation  have been made on Archibald Lake,  and  we don’t have a timeline for a decision.” The comments came days after the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC) confirmed on Aug. 29 that the EA process for Atlantic Mining NS’s nearby Cochrane Hill Gold Project under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012 had been terminated for failing to provide “the required information or

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