It is disappointing that the Yukon News continues to publish factually incorrect, misleading and inflammatory articles in respect of the Minto mine Ã most recently the article entitled Selkirk Seeks Minto Mine lnjunction (September 4).
Many of these points have been already discussed in direct discussions between myself and the editor of the News in the past.
Regardless, a quick check would have determined much of the information in the article is wrong, for example:
1) The Minto mine is not discharging untreated water. All water is treated before discharge. This fact alone undermines the whole premise of the article.
2) Shutting down the mine would exacerbate the excess water problem, not improve it, since the mine “consumes” water that ends up being “locked” in the tailings or contained in the concentrates shipped off site, so closing the mine would just mean there is more water to discharge as it would no longer be “consumed.” The mine does not “need any more water”; it has way too much already.
3) Minto Explorations has filed a new water-management plan with the Yukon Water Board and Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board on July 31 that includes diverting undisturbed runoff water around the site and a larger water-treatment plant for water that needs treating.
4) The current water situation does not give us “money in our pockets”Ã we are spending tremendous amounts of money treating all water before discharge, which requires a significant capital investment and operating cost to install and operate.
5) Minto Explorations is working with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to put a fish fence in and ensure no fish are trapped behind the fence. So the water is not only treated to levels deemed nontoxic to fish, but the fish fence will be installed to ensure no fish are in Minto Creek anyway. We are opposed to harming fish too.
6) And, the mine is owned by Minto Explorations which is, nevertheless, a subsidiary of Capstone Mining.
Stephen Quin, president
Minto Explorations Ltd.