OTTAWA, Nov. 6, 2014 /CNW/ - Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, announced today that the proposed BlackRock Mining Project, located in Quebec, is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects when the mitigation measures described in the Comprehensive Study Report are taken into account. The Minister has referred the project back to the responsible authority, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, for appropriate action.
In reaching her decision, the Minister considered the Comprehensive Study Report and the comments received from the public and Aboriginal groups on the report.
This project was assessed using a science-based approach in accordance with the former Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.
- BlackRock Metals Inc. will develop an iron, titanium, and vanadium mine with an estimated production capacity of 12.4 million tonnes of ore and 3 million tonnes of concentrate per year. The mine will be located within the territory covered by the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, near Chibougamau.
- A copy of the Minister of the Environment's environmental assessment decision statement and more information on this project are available on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry website, reference number 62105.
- 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.
- BlackRock Mining Project (Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency)
- Minister of the Environment's environmental assessment decision statement (Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency)
SOURCE: Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
For further information: Ted Laking, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of the Environment, 819-997-1441; Sofie McCoy-Astell, Communications Advisor, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, 613-960-1519, Sofie.McCoy-Astell@ceaa-acee.gc.ca