What Does the Covid-19 Restrictions Mean for Conservation Funding?
By Southwick Associates / March 26, 2020
Conservation stands to gain from the Covid-19 restrictions now in place across the nation. As seen in past times of uncertainty, license sales and Federal Aid in Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration excise tax collections increase. What’s happening now?
At the time of this newsletter’s release, Pittman-Robertson excise tax collections were increasing due to security concerns nationally. For many, uncertainties about their safety drive them to purchase taxable firearms and ammunition. This is based on a fear of what others might do if essentials are no longer available in stores, or if excessive unemployment affects peoples’ ability to purchase essentials. Expect sales of handguns and MSR’s to spike higher than shotguns and traditional rifles, along with matching ammunition. In some areas, shotguns will do better where purchase restrictions inhibit sales of handguns and many rifles.
For Wallop-Breaux sportfishing and boating excise taxes, the factor causing increased collections relates to excess time at hand. In previous economic downturns, when core outdoor segments have more time on their hands, meaning less overtime and weekend work hours, fishing and hunting license sales increased. The ‘great recession’ of 2008-09 is a prime example.
Trouble with Tarpon
Salmon taking it in the arse all over the globe by “Show Me the Money” extractors, open pen fish farming, and a multitude of global warming affects
NOTE 1. Scale of the proposed mine at Cochrane Hill Data gathered by Karen McKendry, Ecology Action Centre and Dale Archibald.
NOTE 2. The Cochrane Hill gold mine project is currently proposed to operate from 2023 to 2029 (six years), and may employ up to 190 – 200 people (was to start in 2022, employ 220 people).
Size of the pit:
950m long x 450m wide x 170m deep (at current mining scenario).
Volume = 19,026,270 meters3 if calculated as a half ellipsoid/oval.
An Olympic-size swimming pool = 2,500m3.
Proposed open pit = 19,026,270 m3 / 2,500 m3 = 7,610 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Amount of rock and ore removed:
At least 43.1 million tonnes of rock will be excavated from the pit, of which 1.1 Mt will be ore at 1.10 g/t of gold (pit could be expanded)
22,086 tonnes per day of rock, 5,479 tpd ore
How much gold will be produced relative to tons of rock excavated?
11.2 million tonnes x 1.1 g/tonne = 12,320kg of gold.
1 gold bar = 12.4 kg, so 12,320kg = 994 gold bars for 43.1 million tonnes of rock.
Currently, 1 gold bar = approx. $63,030 CAD, so 994 gold bars = $62,651,820.
Amount of tailings and other created at Cochrane Hill:
The tailings management facility (TMF) will hold at least 10.9 Mt of tailings solids, behind an embankment wall. The embankment will reach an ultimate elevation of approximately 150m.
A waste rock storage facility (WRSF) with the capacity to hold 11.6 million tons will also be built.
The waste rock pile will be between 10m and 40m above the existing ground surface.
There will also be a low-grade ore pile during the life of the project, up to 25m in height and 2.1 million tons in capacity.
Amount of blasting:
Blasting will occur 2 – 3 times per week.
Noise and vibration from blasting and equipment to be modelled.
Number of trucks:
175 tons per day of gold concentrate to be transported away from the mine.
Trucks will make 6 return trips (12 trips) per day (1 truck every 2 hours) (estimate).
Trucks will travel 97km along Highway 7, through Sherbrooke and Sheet Harbour, then an additional 28km on public highways and roads (12.7km private road).
A 2.9km section of highway 7 is proposed to be moved. This move would bring the highway within 1 km of the St. Mary’s River’s edge.
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