Comments for: James Irving addresses Maine mining interests at UMFK forum

Posted May 03, 2012, at 1:15 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 17, 2013, at 4:47 p.m.

FORT KENT | Mining in Aroostook County will not come at the expense of the environment, regardless of the economic potential, the head of the Canadian-based company that owns Bald Mountain pledged Thursday morning. James Irving, president of J.D. Irving Ltd. addressed his company’s plans to mine Bald Mountain …


An earlier version of this story erroneously referred to Rep. John Martin as a senator and to Sen. Troy Jackson as a representative.

An earlier version of this story erroneously said that the project is estimated to create $600 million in annual payroll and generate $120 million in state and local taxes. The estimates are over the life of the project.

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  • Guest

    They had better have a plan, developed by DEP, that they will have to follow religiously in order to minimize the impact on our pristine waterways.  If it is too costly to implement they may just drop the whole thing and concentrate on woods harvesting.

    •  I’m thinking that was where the 30 year permit comes in, Irving finds a nice loophole, or some unpredictable environmental damage occurs, and the state can do nothing for 30 years.

  • Anonymous

    More coruption from Martin in the north woods.

  • Anonymous

    Julia, I liked the correction at the end of this article… This will be possible correct when their term limits are up.. But hopefully we will not be stupid enough to vote for them again. 
    The method to extract gold from rock is cyanide. Thats not good.. The ore is then loaded on trains (which we help fund) which will be sent to Searsport, loaded on ships and sent offshore for smelting. Which then we will pay the HIGHER prices of importing back in..  
    The water will be better than drinking water, but where is the filter waste going to be dumped..It has to be disposed of so the drinking water ELSEWHERE will be NOT of drinking quality.. So I hope Jim, John and Troy are in line to drink….

  • Anonymous

    WOW that sounds like our wood products… They are loaded on trains and brought to Canada… Then we have to pay premium for the products after.  This global market is going to ruin the local… We are going to starve if we let all these big companies and corrupt Govt control our fate…

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