Brucejack Gold Mine Project - Public Comments Invited

OTTAWA, March 26, 2013 /CNW/ - As part of the strengthened and modernized Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) put in place to support the government's Responsible Resource Development Initiative, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has commenced a federal environmental assessment for the proposed Brucejack Gold Mine Project located in British Columbia. The Agency invites the public to comment on which aspects of the environment may be affected by this project and what should be examined during the environmental assessment.

The public can review and comment on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Guidelines, a document that identifies the potential environmental effects to be taken into consideration and the information and analysis that needs to be included in the proponent's EIS.

Pretium Resources Inc. is proposing the construction, operation and decommissioning of a gold-silver underground mine located approximately 65 km north-northwest of Stewart, B.C. The proposed project would produce approximately 16 million tonnes of mineralized material at a rate of up to 2,700 tonnes per day over a minimum 16-year mine life.

Written comments must be submitted by April 25, 2013 to:

Brucejack Gold Mine Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
410-701 Georgia Street
Vancouver  BC  V7Y 1C6
Telephone: 604-666-2431
Fax: 604-666-6990
Brucejack@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

To view the draft EIS Guidelines or for more information, visit the Agency's website at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca (registry reference number 80034). All comments received will be considered public.

Copies of the draft EIS Guidelines are also available for viewing at the following locations:

Smithers Public Library
3817 Alfred Avenue,
Box 55
Smithers B.C.
Stewart Public Library
824 A Main Street, Box 546
Stewart B.C.
Terrace Public Library
4610 Park Avenue
Terrace B.C.
 

Consistent with the transparency and public engagement elements of CEAA 2012, this is the second of four opportunities for Canadians to comment on this project. Following this comment period, the Agency will finalize and issue the EIS Guidelines to the proponent. An application period for participant funding and a future public comment period related to the EIS will be announced later.

Projects subject to CEAA 2012 are assessed using a science-based approach.  If the project is permitted to proceed to the next phase, it will continue to be subject to Canada's strong environmental laws, rigorous enforcement and follow-up, and increased fines.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency administers the federal environmental assessment process, which identifies the environmental effects of proposed projects and measures to address those effects, in support of sustainable development.

 

SOURCE: Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

For further information:

Media may contact: 

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Céline Legault
Communications Advisor
Tel.: 613-957-0278


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