Mount Milligan Gold-Copper Mine Project - Environmental Assessment to Continue as a Comprehensive Study



    OTTAWA, May 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's Environment Minister Jim Prentice
announced today that a comprehensive study is the most appropriate type of
environmental assessment for the proposed Mount Milligan Gold-Copper Mine
Project, located between Fort St. James and Mackenzie, in north-central
British Columbia.
    The Minister based his decision on the report and recommendation
submitted by the responsible authorities, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and
Natural Resources Canada. The report contains information on the scope of the
project, the factors to be considered in the environmental assessment and the
scope of those factors, public comments in relation to the project, the
potential of the project to cause adverse environmental effects and the
ability of the comprehensive study to address issues relating to the project.
    A copy of the report can be obtained by contacting:

    DFO - CEA Registry Office - Pacific Region
    200 - 401 Burrard Street
    Vancouver BC  V6C 3S4
    Telephone: 604-666-2820
    Email: CEAR-Pacific@pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

    Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Natural Resources Canada will now
continue the comprehensive study of the proposed Mount Milligan Gold-Copper
Mine Project. A comprehensive study report will be submitted to the Minister
of the Environment. At that time the public will be given an opportunity to
comment on the findings and recommendations of the report before the Minister
renders his final decision.
    Terrane Metals Corporation proposes to develop a gold-copper mine at
Mount Milligan that will process 60,000 tonnes per day of ore. The mining
complex will consist of the mine pit, process plant, tailings impoundment area
and dams, water intake and diversion systems, on-site mine haul roads,
explosives factory and magazine facilities, and other associated mine
buildings and infrastructure. The proposed development includes a 92-km
transmission line and upgrade of the 29-km access road to the site.
    Further information on this project is available in the Canadian
Environmental Assessment Registry at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca under reference
number 08-03-39778.

    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.




For further information:

For further information: media may contact: Annie Roy, Senior
Communications Advisor, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, (613)
957-0396


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