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Baffinland officials talk year-round shipping in Pond Inlet

Mining company Baffinland met with people in Pond Inlet Wednesday to talk about its plans for year-round shipping. Residents have told the company they have concerns.

Community worried about mining company's plan for shipping iron ore

Baffinland wants to ship from its Mary River mine site year round. (Baffinland )

Toronto-based mining company Baffinland is touring north Baffin Island to talk about changes to its local operations.

The company is ramping up the second phase of its Mary River Project and hopes to ship iron ore year round. 

The hope for year-round shipping is a stark contrast to Baffinland's original plans to only ship during the open water season and the change has some people in Pond Inlet worried. The company held a meeting in the community Wednesday. 

Simon Merkosak is a resident of Pond Inlet concerned about the impact of year-round shipping. (Submitted)
"It's everybody's concern, I think, if this proceeds," says Simon Merkosak. He says there would need to be controls and constant monitoring to ensure the animals are not adversely affected. 

The local hunters and trappers organization also attended the meeting and says it feels the company is listening to fears about the impact of year-round shipping.

No one from the company was available to speak to CBC about the meetings.

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