Last update:
2021-10-20

North American Lithium mining project, La Corne, Abitibi, Québec, Canada

The North American Lithium mine with heavy environmental liabilities could be reactivated since its acquisition by Sayona Mining Limited and Piedmont Lithium and be part of a lithium extraction pole in Témiscaming


Description:

The North American Lithium (NAL) mine is located 18 km by road east of the village of La Corne and 18 km by road west of the town of Barraute. It is also near the Mont-Vidéo ski center and at the foot of the Harricana Moraine, an underground hydrogeological formation sheltering good quality water.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:North American Lithium mining project, La Corne, Abitibi, Québec, Canada
Country:Canada
State or province:Quebec
Location of conflict: La Corne
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Mineral Ores and Building Materials Extraction
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Mineral processing
Pollution related to transport (spills, dust, emissions)
Tailings from mines
Mineral ore exploration
Specific commodities:Lithium
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Open pit mine whose initial pit dimensions (500mX300mX150m) were increased to 1100mX570mX190m in 2013.

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Project area:62.7
Type of populationRural
Start of the conflict:2010
Company names or state enterprises:Piedmont Lithium Inc. (PLL) from United States of America - Owner of 25% of the joint venture of Sayona Québec Inc.
Sayona Mining Limited from Australia - Owner of 75% of the joint venture of Sayona Québec Inc.
Sayona Québec inc. from Canada
Relevant government actors:- Ministère de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MELCC),
- Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles (MERN),
- Ministère des Finances (MF)
- Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation (MEI).
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Regroupement Vigilance Mines Abitibi-Témiscamingue,
Comité citoyen de protection de l’esker.
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityLOW (some local organising)
Reaction stageLATENT (no visible resistance)
Groups mobilizing:Local ejos
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Regional groups of citizens
Forms of mobilization:Media based activism/alternative media
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Soil contamination, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Mine tailing spills
Potential: Air pollution, Global warming, Oil spills
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Loss of landscape/sense of place
Potential: Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment
Outcome
Project StatusUnder construction
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:Will depend on the orientations taken by the government to supervise the resumption of mining operations.
Sources & Materials
Juridical relevant texts related to the conflict (laws, legislations, EIAs, etc)

Agence Canadienne d’Evaluation Environnementale; Projet de mine de spodumène North American Lithium, Rapport d’étude approfondie; Février 2018
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Société de l’eau souterraine Abitibi-Témiscamingue (SESAT); Rapport d’évaluation du Rapport d’étude approfondie de la mine de spodumène North American Lithium de l’Agence canadienne d’évaluation environnementale - Volet Eau souterraine; 21 mars 2018
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[3] Société de l’eau souterraine Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Rapport d’évaluation du Rapport d’étude approfondie de la mine de spodumène North American Lithium de l’Agence canadienne d’évaluation environnementale remis à l’Agence canadienne d’évaluation environnementale, 2018, p. 4.
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[2] North American Lithium placé sous la protection de la Loi sur les arrangements avec les créanciers. Publié dans ICI Abitibi-Témiscamingue le 18 juin 2019.
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[1] Sayona Québec complète l’acquisition de North American Lithium. Publié dans ICI Abitibi-Témiscamingue le 31 août 2021.
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[5] Mine à La Corne : la SESAT réclame une nouvelle étude des impacts potentiels sur l’eau. Publié dans ICI Abitibi-Témiscamingue le 21 janvier 2020.
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[4] Regroupement vigilance mines Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Rapports d'urgence environnementale à la mine North American Lithium du 13 mars 2013 au 9 septembre 2018.
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Contributor:Marc Nantel, porte-parole Regroupement Vigilance de l’Abitibi et du Témiscamingue (REVIMAT), [email protected]
Last update20/10/2021
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