Sunday, November 6, 2011

DeBeer's Gacho Kue project and the regulatory process (NNSL)

Environmental impact statement for what could be Yellowknife's fourth diamond mine reviewed by regulatory and community representatives last week 

Thandie Vela
Northern News Services

Published Wednesday, November 2, 2011


De Beers Canada held a workshop last week in Yellowknife to review its environmental impact statement for its Gahcho Kue project. 

NNSL photo/graphic

Cameron Stevens, from Golder Associates, leads a discussion on the Gahcho Kue project environmental impact statement for a group of regulatory and community representatives on Wednesday, Oct. 26. The environmental impact review process for what could be Yellowknife's fourth diamond mine, is expected to continue until next summer. - courtesy of De Beers Canada
The three-day workshop for what could be Yellowknife's fourth diamond mine, was held in the Museum Cafe at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre to review the 11,000 page document with regulatory and community representatives.

"The environmental impact statement is quite a substantial document," De Beers spokesperson Cathie Bolstad said. "It's a significant amount of information and the purpose of our sessions last week was for the company to take time with communities and with communities and regulators together, to go through the environmental impact statement, provide an overview of what's in it, help them understand things, and to give them an opportunity to ask questions."

The statement was submitted to the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board in December 2010, after the terms of reference were shaped in 2007 for the diamond project located 180 km northeast of Yellowknife.
The first day of the workshop was to discuss the statement with First Nations and Metis communities that are close to the site, Bolstad said. Attendants included representatives from the Yellowknives Dene, Lutsel K'e Dene, and Deninu Kue First Nations, the North Slave Metis Alliance, and the Tlicho government.

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