OTTAWA, Dec. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - The Joint Panel reviewing the proposed
Marathon Platinum Group Metals and Copper Mine project today announced
that it has revised the start date for the public hearing following
requests from various participants. The hearing will now begin in
Marathon, Ontario on February 18, 2014, and will be completed within approximately 4 weeks.
The Public Hearing
All hearing sessions are open to members of the public wishing to
observe the proceedings. The primary purpose of the hearing is for the
Panel to receive the information it requires to complete its
environmental assessment of the project. The Panel will hold public
hearing sessions as follows:
General hearing sessions will provide an opportunity for registered participants and the public to
present their views on the project and its potential environmental
effects. The general sessions will be held in Marathon.
Topic-Specific hearing sessions will allow registered participants who are experts to present
information relevant to the environmental assessment of the project.
Note that for the purposes of the hearing, an expert is a person who
provides information to the Panel on scientific, technical, social
science or traditional knowledge matters. These sessions will be held
Community hearing sessions will be held in selected communities for members of First Nations to
allow them to express to the Panel their views and present information
and issues of importance to them in an informal setting. These
sessions are expected to take place in the communities of Pic River,
Pic Mobert and Pays Plat. Community sessions will also be held for
Métis organizations for them to express their views and present
information to the Panel.
Closing Remarks session will be held for participants to summarize their conclusions to the
Panel. This session is planned for Marathon.
How to Participate
The Panel will conduct the hearing in accordance with the Public Hearing
Procedures, issued in July 2013, which describe how the sessions will
unfold and how the public may participate.
For the General and Community sessions, participants may make an oral
presentation or file a written submission or both. At the
Topic-Specific sessions, oral presentations must be accompanied by a
written submission. Presentations on Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge
may be made without an accompanying written submission.
Participants who wish to make an oral presentation to the Panel at any
of the hearing sessions are asked to register by contacting the Panel
Secretariat by January 20, 2014, in order to reserve a time and to assist with scheduling. The Panel
will permit later registration for oral presentations, if time allows. Written submissions should be filed with the Secretariat by February 7, 2014.
To register, schedule a presentation and file a submission for the
hearing, contact Cindy Parker at 613-948-2039 or Jeff Sewell at
705-670-5872 or send an email to MarathonMine.Review@ceaa-acee.gc.ca .
Approximately 90 days following the close of the hearing record, the
Panel will submit its report to the federal and provincial Ministers of
the Environment. The report will be made public at that time.
A Preliminary Hearing Schedule, the Hearing Procedures and the
sufficiency determination letter are available on the Canadian
Environmental Assessment Registry at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca , registry number 54755.
SOURCE: Marathon Joint Review Panel
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