Review Panel issues public hearing schedule for proposed Prosperity
Gold-Copper Mine Project

OTTAWA, Feb. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - The Panel reviewing the proposed Prosperity Gold-Copper Mine project today issued the schedule for the public hearing to begin on March 22, 2010 in Williams Lake, B.C.

The public hearing provides the proponent, federal and provincial government departments, First Nations and members of the public with an opportunity to present their views on the project and its potential effects. The Panel will conduct the public hearing in a manner that ensures a thorough examination of relevant matters and encourages public input and participation. To ensure that the hearing offers all parties an opportunity to participate, the Panel will hold three types of hearing sessions:

The general sessions will provide an opportunity for participants to present their overall views and conclusions on the project and its potential impacts. Presentations at general hearing sessions may be on any aspect within the scope of the panel review.

The community sessions will be more informal and be held in selected communities within the project area. These sessions will allow participants an opportunity to present to the Panel their views on the project's impacts and on issues of importance to First Nations.

The topic-specific sessions are expected to be more technical in nature and will provide an opportunity for interested parties with a special interest, knowledge or responsibility to share their views with the Panel in relation to the following subjects: alternative means of carrying out the project; water quality and quantity; fish and fish habitat; terrestrial ecosystem; and socio-economics.

All hearing sessions are open to all interested parties and the general public. The hearing schedule will be revised as needed. The current schedule is as follows:

    
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       General Sessions - Register and file submissions by March 12, 2010
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    Date         Location                                       Time
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    March 22,    Cariboo Memorial Complex - Gibraltar Room      10am - 5pm
     23, 24      525 Proctor Street, Williams Lake              7pm - 9pm
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    March 25     Pioneer Complex - Room 119
                 351 Hodgson Road, Williams Lake                10am - 5pm*
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    March 26     The Lodge & Conference Centre - Valley Room    12pm - 5pm
                 150 Caribou Highway 97 N, 100 Mile House       7pm - 9pm
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    March 27     Alexis Creek Community Hall
                 2620 Stum Lake Road, Alexis Creek              10am - 6pm*
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    Community Sessions - Register and file any submissions by March 19, 2010
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    March 29 -   Xeni Gwet'in Community Band Hall, Nemiah Valley
     April 1     Xeni Gwet'in First Nations Government          10am - 6pm*
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    April 7, 8   Band Hall
                 Stone Band Reserve                             10am - 6pm*
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    April 9, 10  Toosey Band Office
                 Toosey Band Reserve                            10am - 6pm*
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    April 12,    Anaham Elders Lodge
     13          Anaham Band Reserve                            10am - 6pm*
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    April 14,    Cultural Centre, Chilanko Forks
     15          Alexis Creek Band Reserve                      10am - 6pm*
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    April 16,    Dog Creek Community Gymnasium
     17          Dog Creek Reserve, Canoe Creek First Nation    10am - 6pm*
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    April 19     Sxoxomic School Gymnasium
                 Alkali Lake, Esketemc First Nation             1pm - 8pm
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    April 20,    Sxoxomic School Gymnasium
     21          Alkali Lake, Esketemc First Nation             10am - 6pm*
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    Topic-Specific Sessions - Register and file submissions by April 16, 2010
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    April 26,    Pioneer Complex - Room 119
     27, 28,     351 Hodgson Road, Williams Lake                9am - 5pm*
     29, 30
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                               Closing Remarks
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    May 1        Pioneer Complex - Room 119
                 351 Hodgson Road, Williams Lake                9am - 5pm
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    * additional evening sessions may be held, as necessary
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Participants who wish to make a presentation to the Panel at any of the hearing sessions are asked to register with the Panel secretariat by the dates indicated above. To register, file a submission for the hearing sessions and schedule your presentation, contact:

Colette Spagnuolo, Panel Manager

160 Elgin Street, Ottawa ON K1A 0H3

Tel.: 613-957-0541 or Toll free: 1-866-582-1884

Cell phone: 613-282-8245/Email: prosperity.review@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

Members of the public who do not register in advance but register just prior to or during a hearing session may still have an opportunity to address the Panel if time allows.

An audio recording, transcripts of the proceedings as well as all submissions received throughout the review process, will be available on the online registry. The public hearing procedures, which are currently available, outline how the various sessions will unfold.

Following the close of the public hearing, the Panel will complete its report within 60 days, as outlined in its terms of reference.

More information on the panel review, including the hearing procedures document and the hearing schedule, is available on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca, under registry number 09-05-44811.

SOURCE Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

For further information: For further information: Media may contact: Lucille Jamault, Manager, Communications, Tel.: (613) 957-0434


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