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NDP Government rejects Sio Silica sand extraction project

NDP Government rejects Sio Silica sand extraction project
NDP say no to Sio Silica project

By: Staff Writer I Winnipeg Tribune

Winnipeg, February 16, 2024 - The Sio Silica Sand project was promoted as a major economic opportunity for Manitoba, creating thousands of jobs has been shut down by the NDP government.

The provincial government has announced its decision to withhold an environmental license for the proposed Vivian sand extraction project in the Rural Municipality of Springfield. Premier Wab Kinew, alongside Environment and Climate Change Minister Tracy Schmidt, made the announcement, citing concerns over potential risks to water sources and community well-being.

Premier Kinew emphasized the government's unwavering commitment to safeguarding the health and safety of Manitobans. "Our government will always put the health and safety of Manitobans first, and this includes ensuring communities have safe, clean drinking water," Kinew affirmed. He further stressed that after meticulous examination and thorough due diligence, the government concluded that the potential risks associated with the project outweighed any anticipated benefits.

The Clean Environment Commission (CEC) report identified numerous environmental apprehensions linked to the proposed project. Of particular concern was the extraction of sand through aquifers that serve as crucial sources of drinking water for approximately 100,000 Manitobans

The decision to reject the project was reinforced by widespread opposition from various stakeholders. Officials acknowledged the substantial public outcry, with hundreds of Manitobans, including residents of Springfield, local leaders, scientists, and environmental advocacy groups, expressing vehement opposition to the proposed endeavor.


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