Less than a quarter of Manitoba’s parks are protected from industry. As companies race to dig up minerals deemed critical to a low-carbon economy, exploration for new mines is ramping up in provincial parks
Written by Julia-Simone Rutgers, The Narwhal
Tucked off the winding gravel highway in Nopiming Provincial Park, a faded wooden monument marks the site of the historic Irgon lithium mine. According to the sign, the site was drilled a couple dozen times in the 1950s; despite finding more than a million tonnes of ore, the market for lithium was dismal then and the site was quickly abandoned.
But some 70 years later, fortunes have changed.
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