Nova Scotia government to decide between gold mine or Christmas tree farm

Nova Scotia's natural resources minister Cleve Higgins will have to decide soon whether an Australian mining conglomerate or a Christmas-tree family farm has the rights over eight-hectares of land in Moose River, near Middle Musquodoboit.

Atlantic Gold of Halifax, a division of DDV Gold of Australia, has applied to expropriate the land owned by Higgins Family Christmas Trees to develop an open pit mine in area.

But Family spokesman Cleveland Higgins, told CBC Radio Nova Scotia on Monday the company is abusing expropriation law in its application.

“The company is seeking to expropriate the land under a provincial law that provides for such a move when there is unclear title, or when a property owner is negotiating in bad faith to push the price up,” said Higgins, as reported by the local paper The Chronicle Herald.

But DDV Gold said its project would invigorate the industry and generate several new jobs. The project has cost DDV $140 million and it is schedule to start operations in 2013.

Continue reading at The Chronicle Herald’s web page.


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