This consultation closes at 11:59 p.m. on:
December 17, 2023
Ministry of Mines is proposing to renew an existing mining lease that supports the underground mining operations of the Goderich salt mine below Lake Huron.
300 North Harbour Road
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Geographic township of Goderich. Firstly, all of Location CL 3803 being part of the bed of Lake Huron and the Maitland River in front of Lots 1 and 2 Concession 1 and Lot 1, Concession A and in front of Lot 3, Concession 1 and in front of Block A, designated as Parts 1 and 2 on Reference Plan 22R-1690; Secondly, all of Location CL 3804 being part of the bed of Lake Huron in front of Lots 1 and 2, Concession 1 and Lot 1, Concession A and in front of Lots 3, 4 and 5, Concession 1 and in front of Block A, and in front of Lot 1, Broken Front Concession designated as part 1, on Reference Plan 22R-1691; Thirdly, All of Location CL 9861 being part of the bed of Lake Huron in front of Lots 1 and 2, Concession 1 and Lot 1, Concession A and in front of Lots 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, Concession 1, and in front of Block A, and in front of Lot 1, Broken Front Concession, Designated as Part 1, on Reference Plan 22R-4113
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Compass Minerals Canada Corp.
300 North Harbour Road
The Ministry of Mines intends to renew an existing mining lease issued under the Mining Act that authorizes the production of rock salt beneath Lake Huron near Goderich Ontario. The lease is integral to the overall mining operations of the Goderich Salt Mine which is expected to operate until 2094. The lessee has met the conditions for renewal for a 21-year term.
While Ontario is obliged by the terms of the existing lease to grant the requested renewal, Ontario has discretion with respect to the terms and conditions that will apply to the renewed lease.
The ministry proposes to retain the existing terms and conditions in the lease that confirms the lease is subject to applicable environmental legislation, as well as terms and conditions related to water quality and protection of fishing rights. The ministry invites you to identify and communicate any concerns or comments in relation to the ministry’s consideration of appropriate terms and conditions for the renewed mining lease.
We do not anticipate any new environmental impacts associated with the renewal of this lease. The ongoing environmental effects of the Goderich salt mine are managed and mitigated through other regulatory processes and not through the terms and conditions of the lease.
The renewed lease is an instrument for the purposes of the Environmental Bill of Rights; this posting relates to the proposal to issue that instrument.
In addition, renewal of the lease is a Category B project under the Class Environmental Assessment for Ministry of Northern Development and Mines Activities under the Mining Act (Class EA); as required by the Class EA, so this posting is also an opportunity to provide input on a Category B project.
For both of these purposes, you are invited to comment on whether additional terms and conditions should be imposed on the renewed lease.
A draft of the proposed terms and conditions for the renewed lease, as well as a copy of the current lease, are included as supporting materials.
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