Is the GNWT putting an all season road for mining ahead of caribou conservation? That’s the questions Frame Lake MLA Kevin O’Reilly has raised over the past two weeks.
For a fifth time O’Reilly raised questions with the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources on the future of the Bathurst Caribou Herd.
“How will cabinet decide whether such a road can be safely built without causing irreparable harm to the Bathurst Caribou Herd, or has that decision already been made?” asked O’Reilly on Wednesday.
“My understanding no decision has been made on the route yet. I think it was just a preliminary discussion, and I can assure the member it’s not development at all costs,” replied ENR Minister Robert C. McLeod.
So far the Bathurst Caribou Range Plan Working Group has outlined 5 areas for the herd’s range which covers 350,000 square kilometers.
The area of proposed industrial roads near the NWT and Nunavut Boundary is in Zone’s 1 and 2 of the draft plan.