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Environment

Potton moves forward with controversial project

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The municipality of Potton has just voted to add a ''conditional usage'' to a private property beside a large nature reserve and land trust. It will allow for two motorized sporting events to take place there every year. Mayor Louis Veillon and Frédéric Allali, a member of the group ''Les Amis des Montagnes Vertes'',  explain their take on the controversial project. Listen here.

Junex's pilot project for shale gas exploration

Four years after shale gas exploration in the St. Lawrence River valley came to a screeching halt, there are definite signs of renewed interest. The government's environmental review board, the BAPE, has just completed public hearings and will file recommendations by the end of the year.

Quebec exploration company Junex presented its ideas last week. President Peter Dorrins explains their pilot project meant to demonstrate that drilling for shale gas can be done properly.

Gaspé's York River not contaminated, says biologist

Gaspé_Hooké_Saumon.jpgThe York River is a popular salmon fishing destination, located downstream from the Gaspé landfill. Documents obtained by Radio-Canada appear to show above-normal levels of contaminants, including heavy metals and fecal coliforms. The city of Gaspé and the vigilance committee that monitors the York River say the run-off coming from the landfill is not causing significant contamination. Benjamin Gagnon, a biologist and assistant manager of the Société de gestion des rivières de Gaspé, tells us more. Listen here.