Mining claim 'boom' pits prospectors against public in suburban Gatineau

CBC News

Alistair Steele, CBC News

The head of a Montreal-based mineral exploration company is reassuring hundreds of residents of Gatineau, Que., that it has no immediate plans to mine for phosphate, a vital and increasingly sought-after component of electric car batteries, in the ground beneath their homes.

But some groups that monitor the mining industry in Quebec say the situation in Gatineau illustrates the growing tension between prospectors and the public amid a mining claim "boom" in the province, where the onus is on municipalities to show why they're unsuitable ground for mineral exploration.


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