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Little Narrows gypsum quarry to reopen

By Joe Thomson May 3, 2023 | 8:55 AM

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An American company announced its plan to reinvest in a Cape Breton gypsum quarry.

CGC Inc., the Canadian arm of the USG Corporation, announced a $104 million commitment to revitalize and relaunch the Little Narrows gypsum quarry. CGC was started in Nova Scotia in 1907 and has since grown to become one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of gypsum products in Canada.

The Little Narrows quarry project is expected to take three years to complete. Once operational, CGC says it will be able to produce up to 2 million tonnes of gypsum per year and ship it across the Eastern seaboard.

Officials for CGC touted the project’s ability to bolster the economy of Little Narrows and its surrounding communities. They say that in addition to the 100 long-term jobs that the mine will create once it is operational, there will be plenty of need and opportunities for contract work during the quarry’s establishment.

It is unclear what the environmental impact of the quarry will be. CGC says it has been working with the Mi’kmaw community to respect and uphold treaty rights during the project but have not discussed how the project will affect the land that the Mi’kmaq have been protecting for thousands of years.


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