Protect our Peat and Save our Lake
  • Petitioned Darrell Ouimet & Minister Gord MacKintosh

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Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship
Darrell Ouimet & Minister Gord MacKintosh

Protect our Peat and Save our Lake

    1. Heather Hinam
    2. Petition by

      Heather Hinam

      Riverton, Canada

We the undersigned urge the Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship and the Manitoba Government to honour the spirit of the Save Lake Winnipeg act and deny the expansion of this mine, which would leave a permanent scar on hundreds of acres of boreal forest within metres of already overburdened Lake Winnipeg. If allowed to go ahead, this mine would dump nutrients that have been stored for hundreds of years into a lake that is already suffering from eutrophication as well as several tonnes of sequestered carbon into the atmosphere. It will remove important habitat for moose and many other wildlife and negatively impact the lives of many people make their seasonal and permanent homes in this forest. We ask that the government adhere to their newly stated green plan commitments and halt this devastation before it is too late.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. We've reached the deadline

      Heather Hinam
      Petition Organizer

      Today (July 24th) was the deadline for submitting all public comments on this peat mine proposal. I'm very pleased to announce just over 300 of us joined in the chorus with over 400 other people through letters and other petitions in telling the Manitoba Government that we don't want to see an expansion of peat mining in our province.

      Thank you for all of your support.

    2. Reached 300 signatures
    3. Only a few days left to help save Manitoba's boreal peatlands

      Heather Hinam
      Petition Organizer

      The groundswell is growing, but we need more people to add their voices to oppose unchecked destruction of Manitoba's peatlands. To get an idea of the footprint of the proposed devastation, check out the map provided by the Wilderness Committee. The expansion this petition is referring to is in red. While it's not the biggest footprint on the map, it will send a strong message to the provincial government at peat mining is not the way to go in this province. By sending this message, we have the chance to change the legislation and hopefully stop all of those proposed mines from being developed, essentially obliterating this peninsula, surrounded by Lake Winnipeg.

    4. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Angela Maida VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      27

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    • christine atnikov WINNIPEG, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      While I am concerned about the implications increased peat mining will have on the environment in all the ways stated, I am also deeply concerned about the impact increased semi-trailer activity will have on the road. We have a cottage at little deer, and the road is narrow and gravel. There is already a significant amount of truck traffic on this road, and the amount of traffic that has been projected as a result of the development of the new mines is very concerning, not only for the potential for collisions (both vehicle and animal) but the increased wear and tear on the road itself.

      I don't understand, given the current moratorium on peat mining, how the government can consider allowing this type of mining to continue before the full envionmental impacts have been researched, documented and presented in a transparent, publicly accessible forum.

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    • James Burgess CRYSTAL CITY, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      Lake Winnipeg needs all the friends it can get!!

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    • Kelly McCutcheon WEST PINE RIDGE
      • over 1 year ago

      I am a avid fisherman of the lake and would hate to see our fisheries diminish!! It's bad enough the lake is already in a downward spiral....

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    • Colleen Belanger WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      I am signing because I am tired of the selfishness of those who destroy what is not theirs to destroy, all for the sake of Money!!! And the Forests can't speak for themselves!

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