New Gold’s Blackwater Gold Project is proposedf for a location 110 kilometres southwest of Vanderhoof. Environment Canada map

Feedback sought on environmental impacts of New Gold’s proposed Blackwater Mine

Public is invited to comment in final round of consultation

  • Nov. 14, 2018 1:50 p.m.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is conducting a federal environmental assessment of the proposed Blackwater Gold Project, located approximately 110 kilometres southwest of Vanderhoof.

The Blackwater Gold Project is proposed by New Gold Inc. The project would produce 60,000 tonnes per day of gold and silver ore, over a mine life of 17 years, according to New Gold’s 2013 feasibility study.

As part of the final public comment period for the company, the Agency has invited the public and Indigenous groups to comment on the draft Environmental Assessment Report, which includes the Agency’s conclusions and recommendations regarding the potential environmental effects of the project and their significance, the proposed mitigation measures, and the follow-up program.

The report sets out a number of potential environmental factors, also stating mitigation measures will be implemented to prevent or reduce potential adverse effects of the project. In its conclusion, the report finds that, taking into account the implementation of mitigation measures, the project is “not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.”

Read the full report here.

The Agency has also invited comments on the potential environmental assessment conditions for the project.

The Blackwater Gold Project sits on the traditional lands of the Ulkatcho (Anahim Lake) First Nation and Lhoosk’uz Dené (Kluskus) Nation. Both nations have been in discussion with New Gold regarding the project for some time, according to a pamphlet on the project jointly put out by the nations. The mine would potentially offer employment opportunities to members.

The project has already gone through several public and Indigenous consultations, according to a Government of Canada news release, including public information sessions.

Comments must be submitted by Dec. 14, 2018 to:

Blackwater Gold Project, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, 410-701 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, B.C. V7Y 1C6; or by calling 604-666-2431 or emailing ceaa.Blackwater.acee@canada.ca.

Following the public comment period, the Environmental Assessment Report and potential environmental assessment conditions will be finalized and provided to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, along with comments received.

The Minister will make a decision on whether the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

READ MORE: Ministry seeking feedback on proposed Anahim Lake to Vanderhoof connector



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