"Issues related to the marine environment are some of the most important issues that the Project will need to address"
If the Mary River iron mine project on northern Baffin Island moves ahead, the mine and its transportation system will be subject to stringent controls on every aspect of its operations, on land, sea and in the air.
Its owner, Baffinland Iron Mines Corp., will also be obliged to collaborate with people in local communities, regional organizations, and every level of government through committees like the Qikiqtaaluk Socio-Economic Monitoring Committee. That’s to ensure that collaboration and communication continue throughout the mine’s 21-year lifespan.
If the mine project proceeds, and the suggested mitigation and monitoring measures work, the result could be an Arctic mine that’s a model of co-operation and clean industrial development.
The Nunavut Impact Review Board, in its 354-page final hearing report, released Sept. 14 set out 184 terms and conditions that Baffinland must observe.