Two northwestern Ontario mine projects receive federal environmental assessment approvals
Greenstone Gold Mines has gotten federal environmental assessment (EA)approval of its Hardrock gold mine project in northwestern Ontario. Federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna announced Dec.13 that the Hardrock Gold Mine Project is “not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.”
The 15,000-hectare Hardrock property is a proposed open-pit gold mine and processing mill located on Highway 11, two kilometres south of the town of Geraldton. Planned production is 30,000 tonnes of ore per day. Greenstone Gold Mines is a joint venture partnership between Centerra Gold and Premier Gold Mines.
The company’s documents, submitted to the federal government, covered the construction, operation, decommissioning, and abandonment of the mine and mill.
Greenstone Gold is now awaiting word from Queen’s Park on the provincial environmental assessment, expected during the first quarter of 2019. The mining company’s plan is to have all permit approvals required to start major construction in place by the middle of 2020.
Greenstone Gold has 116 conditions to meet, including protection of fish and wildlife habitat, minimization of dust and airborne emissions, and providing access routes for traditional Indigenous purposes. More approvals and permits will be required from other federal departments.