VAL-D'OR, QC, March 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Orbit Garant Drilling Inc. (TSX:
OGD) ("Orbit Garant" or the "Company") today announced its support for
the position of the Québec Mining Industry Association and Québec
Mineral Exploration Association with respect to the Government of
Québec's intention to increase the royalties paid by mining companies
that extract minerals in Québec.
"The Government of Québec is holding a forum today with various Québec
mining industry stakeholders to discuss increasing the royalties mining
companies pay to the Province on the minerals extracted here. As a
leading Québec-based mineral drilling services company, and one of the
largest employers in Val-d'Or, we want to voice our support for our
industry associations' position on this important issue," said Eric
Alexandre, President and CEO of Orbit Garant Drilling. "The mining
industry is a key part of Québec's economy, providing jobs for
thousands of people both directly and indirectly, as well as economic
development in regions throughout the province. We are not opposed to
the payment of royalties, but we believe they should be set at levels
that do not discourage mineral resource development in Québec."
The Québec Mining Industry Association and the Québec Mineral
Exploration Association are currently circulating an online petition
stating their position and requesting support. Orbit Garant encourages
industry stakeholders to view the petition at: www.change.org/fr/p%C3%A9titions/j-appuie-les-mines.
About Orbit Garant
Headquartered in Val-d'Or, Québec, Orbit Garant is one of the largest
Canadian-based mineral drilling companies, providing both underground
and surface drilling services in Canada and internationally through its
224 drills and more than 800 employees. Orbit Garant provides services
to major, intermediate and junior mining companies, through each stage
of mining exploration, development and production. The Company also
provides geotechnical drilling services to mining or mineral
exploration companies, engineering and environmental consultant firms,
and government agencies. For more information please visit the
Company's website at www.orbitgarant.com.
SOURCE: Orbit Garant Drilling Inc.
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