Manitoba Resource Update: Seal River, Silica, Tactic, And Far more! – Environmental Law

It’s interesting situations in the pure useful resource earth&#13
in Manitoba, as the new provincial authorities sets its&#13
agenda.

Seal River Watershed MOU

On January 18, 2024, the Governments of Canada and Manitoba,&#13
Indigenous nations, and the Seal River Watershed Alliance signed a&#13
Memorandum of Being familiar with (MOU) to entire a feasibility&#13
evaluation to create a likely Indigenous guarded and&#13
conserved spot and feasible nationwide park reserve in Manitoba’s&#13
Seal River Watershed. This formalizes the motivation made in a&#13
December 2022 announcement at the United Nations Biodiversity&#13
Conference.

The Seal River Alliance was shaped by the Sayisi Dene Very first&#13
Nation, Northlands Denesuline Initially Country, Barren Lands To start with&#13
Nation, and O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Country, whose ancestral&#13
territories incorporate the proposed protected spot.

The Seal River Watershed has an place of 50,000 km2&#13
(about the similar spot as Denmark) and is described as one of the&#13
most significant remaining ecologically intact watersheds in the entire world. Seal&#13
River is unaffected by dams or industrial development and flows&#13
unhindered into Hudson Bay. Portions of the watershed are previously&#13
guarded by three Manitoba wilderness parks and an ecological&#13
reserve. As an individual who has visited the Seal River estuary in&#13
summer season, I can attest to its wildlife variety that involves polar&#13
bears that have adapted the special skill of searching beluga whales&#13
in their teeming pods.

According to Manitoba’s recently elected Minster of Ecosystem&#13
and Climate Adjust, Tracy Schmidt, “The Seal River Watershed&#13
analyze space, which would make up virtually 8 for each cent of Manitoba, is a&#13
main step ahead in our commitment to secure 30 for each cent of&#13
Manitoba’s lands and waters by 2030. The generation of an&#13
Indigenous protected and conserved location would enable this&#13
ecologically sizeable watershed to proceed to safeguard&#13
biodiversity and at-danger species in Manitoba.”

The whole MOU can be found on the Alliance’s internet site. The MOU&#13
supplies the feasibility assessment research space with momentary&#13
safety from mineral exploration and staking, to to start with make it possible for a&#13
better comprehending of the area’s geological attributes.

Silica indeed, Silica no

On February 14, 2024, newly elect Premier, Wab Kinew, and&#13
Mininster Schmidt announced that Canadian High quality Sand intends to&#13
use substantial grade silica sand extracted from is deposit in the vicinity of Hollow&#13
H2o Very first Country in a new photo voltaic glass manufacturing facility to&#13
be constructed in the Metropolis of Selkirk, Manitoba. The new plant will&#13
create up to 800 tonnes of solar glass for each day applied in generation&#13
of photo voltaic strength panels. Driven by hydroelectricity, the proposed&#13
plant would be North America’s only lower-carbon patterned photo voltaic&#13
glass manufacturing facility. It was also announced that Hollow&#13
Water Initially Country and the Group of Seymourville have entered&#13
into confidential agreements with Canadian Quality Sand to make sure&#13
economic participation, oversight and environmental and heritage&#13
source stewardship in relation to the sand extraction.

There was no fantastic news for yet another proposed superior quality silica&#13
sand job. On February 16, Leading Kinew and Minister Schmidt&#13
declared that Sio Silica would not be acquiring an Atmosphere Act&#13
licence for its proposed silica extraction and processing venture&#13
in South-eastern Manitoba. They cited worries, as contained in the&#13
Manitoba Thoroughly clean Atmosphere Commission’s environmental&#13
assessment report, pertaining to the unidentified opportunity impacts of the&#13
proposed effectively extraction of the underground silica sand on regional&#13
aquifers. Relatively than imposing extra ailments on progress&#13
in the program of the cupboard acceptance course of action for much larger-scale&#13
projects, the governing administration chose to deny a licence.

Throughout a community press conference at which the decision was&#13
announced, Leading Kinew said, “I want to be very crystal clear: We&#13
are geared up to build mining chances here in Manitoba, but&#13
it has to be finished in the correct way … that minimizes the hazard to&#13
the well being of individuals and the safety of the atmosphere. We can do&#13
each.”

Toward a New Critical Minerals Tactic

At the 2024 Prospectors and Developers Affiliation Convention in&#13
Toronto Manitoba’s Premier Kinew, and Financial Development,&#13
Financial investment, Trade and Organic Resources Minister Jamie Moses&#13
announced that their authorities is committed to working with&#13
Manitobans, Indigenous nations, and market stakeholders to&#13
acquire a new significant minerals strategy that will aim on&#13
developing fantastic employment for Manitobans and long-expression financial expansion in&#13
the province.

Manitoba has 29 of the 31 minerals on Canada’s 2021 essential&#13
minerals checklist, which includes lithium, graphite, nickel, cobalt, copper&#13
and unusual earth elements. The province is inviting community opinions&#13
and will be enterprise broader session with Indigenous&#13
governments, field stakeholders and authorities to achieve insights and&#13
share priorities to shape the new approach.

Administrative Penalties on the Way?

In reaction to the general public focus garnered by a reported 135&#13
million litre sewage spill into the Pink River from a damaged Metropolis of&#13
Winnipeg sewer pipe, Minister Schmidt made it known that her&#13
department is seeking at amendments to The Setting Act&#13
(Manitoba) that would enable deterrence with no the require to go to&#13
Provincial Court docket to entire prosecution of alleged violations.&#13
This may possibly be a sign that Manitoba is wanting at applying an&#13
administrative financial penalty (AMP) regime.

AMPs are applied in numerous Canadian jurisdictions as a implies of&#13
censuring non-compliance with a variety of regulatory demands,&#13
which includes environmental wellness and security procedures. AMPS operate a great deal&#13
like tickets they can be issued during an inspection when&#13
violations are encountered, and they have financial penalties,&#13
which can be very considerable. Contrary to a official cost, as soon as the&#13
regulator establishes that the information offering rise to the violation&#13
has transpired there is no capability to elevate the defences of thanks&#13
diligence.

AMPs are viewed by regulators as efficient tools to discourage&#13
non-compliance. Market often sees them as burden that does not&#13
persuade functioning with regulators to discover methods. We will see&#13
no matter if this doable growth will have an effects on&#13
Manitoba’s historically cooperative approach towards compliance&#13
and enforcement.

As they say on the news, stay tuned for far more updates!

The articles of this write-up is intended to deliver a typical&#13
guide to the issue matter. Specialist information must be sought&#13
about your specific situations.

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