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Stream crossings net fine

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Premier Gold Mines Limited has been fined $25,000 for constructing water crossings on Crown land without a permit.

Court heard that in late October, 2010, a representative from Premier Gold Mines Limited spoke with the Ministry of Natural Resources about a planned project in the Fly Lake area, northeast of Ear Falls.

The ministry advised the company that it would need a permit before conducting the planned work, which included several stream crossings.

A subsequent inspection revealed that work had begun prior to a work permit being issued.

Several stream crossings already were installed.

The company voluntarily conducted remediation work in the areas where the stream crossings were built.

Justice of the Peace Marjorie Pasloski heard the case July 26 in Red Lake.

The ministry reminds the public that a work permit issued under the Public Lands Act is required for most water crossings constructed on Crown land, and to contact your local MNR office for more information.

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