DID News Alert May 10, 2012. A new concern has been raised about Baffinland’s proposed 150-kilometre railway from the mine to Steensby Inlet. The railway will run along a chain of roughly 100 inuksuit that extends for over six kilometres near the mouth of Steensby Inlet. Carleton University archaeologist Sylvie LeBlanc considers it the longest intact chain of inuksuit in the world; some are over 4,500 years old. The fear is that vibrations from the construction of the railway would damage and destroy the inuksuit. Baffinland ignored this concern in their environmental impact statement, but now propose to take steps in order to avoid this important archaeological site.
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