De Beers Canada welcomes clarity on the Gahcho Kué environmental assessment process



    TORONTO, April 3 /CNW/ - On Monday, April 2, 2007, the Supreme Court of
the Northwest Territories issued a ruling upholding the decision by the
Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board (MVEIRB) referring the
proposed Gahcho Kué Project for an Environmental Impact Review (EIR).
    De Beers requested the judicial review to clarify the validity of the
referral under the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act, given that no
other mining project has been subject to an EIR. De Beers is pleased that the
matter has been concluded and that the company can now move the process
forward. De Beers will be seeking clarity and certainty from the MVEIRB with
regard to the review process and the timelines associated with each stage of
the review.
    "This is the first time a mining project in the Northwest Territories
will be required to undergo an Environmental Impact Review. De Beers was
seeking confirmation that this process is in compliance with the legislation,
in order to provide us with the security that any permits granted would not be
subject to future challenges. We are pleased that we can now take the Gahcho
Kué Project forward with confidence in the environmental assessment process
and look forward to participating in a thorough review of the project," said
Jim Gowans, President and CEO of De Beers Canada Inc.
    Gahcho Kué is a joint venture project with Mountain Province Diamonds
Inc. and Camphor Ventures. The joint venture is proposing to develop an open
pit mine at Gahcho Kué, approximately 300 km northeast of Yellowknife.





For further information:

For further information: Linda Dorrrington, Director, Public and
Corporate Affairs, De Beers Canada Inc., Telephone: (416) 645-1710 x 2107,
Email: linda.dorrington@ca.debeersgroup.com

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