VICTORIA, Sept. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The Joint Panel reviewing the proposed
Kemess North Copper-Gold Mine Project announces today that it is submitting
its report to the federal and provincial ministers of the Environment, First
Nations and the proponent Northgate Minerals.
The Panel has concluded that the development of the project in its
present form would not be in the public interest. In the Panel's view, the
economic and social benefits provided by the Project, on balance, are
outweighed by the risks of significant adverse environmental, social and
cultural effects, some of which may not emerge until many years after mining
operations cease. The Panel recommends to the Government of Canada and the
Government of British Columbia, that the Project not be approved as proposed.
In addition, the Panel made a number of recommendations that, should
governments decide to approve the project, would assist in the mitigation of
the adverse effects of the project.
The report follows a series of public hearings that took place in
Smithers, in Prince George, in Victoria and in Kwadacha between October 2006
and May 2007. During the proceedings the Panel received submissions and heard
oral presentations from Northgate Minerals, the Tse Keh Nay First Nation, the
Gitxsan House of Nii Kyap, federal and provincial government agencies,
environmental groups, individuals and organizations interested in the project.
The Panel's report is available on the Web site of the BC Environmental
Assessment Office at www.eao.gov.bc.ca . An executive summary in both official
languages, along with further information on the project can be found on the
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency Web site at www.ceaa.gc.ca .
The Joint Review Panel was appointed by the Government of Canada and the
Province of British Columbia in May 2005 and was mandated according to the
Terms of Reference contained in the Agreement established by both governments.
For further information:
For further information: Media may contact: Lucille Jamault, Senior
Communications Advisor, Joint Review Panel Secretariat, (613) 957-0434