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Agnico Eagle tries to ease caribou protection measures for Nunavut mine – Nunatsiaq News

Company faces pushback from Baker Lake hunters, Environment Department and Kivalliq Inuit Association

Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. is trying to loosen caribou protection measures that it says have proven too costly to operations at its Whale Tail gold mine.

But the move has drawn criticism from the Baker Lake Hunters and Trappers Organization, the Kivalliq Inuit Association and the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Environment, who all say that the company has got ahead of itself by rewriting caribou protection guidelines without the support of other members on an advisory group.

And without this support, these organizations assert in recent correspondence with the Nunavut Impact Review Board that the changed guidelines run afoul of the terms and conditions of the company’s project certificate. The impact review board has yet to weigh in on the matter.

The controversy started on April 22, when Agnico Eagle distributed a new terrestrial ecosystem management plan for its Whale Tail operations.

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