De Beers defends Snap Lake mine closure and reclamation plan – CBC

by ahnationtalk on November 27, 201925 Views

Diamond company, territorial government disagree on financial security, science behind proposal

Nov 27, 2019

De Beers Canada is defending its plan to close the defunct Snap Lake diamond mine and reclaim the site and surrounding area amidst some disagreement about the science behind its proposal.

The diamond company faced questions on its application to renew the mine’s water licence from the territorial and federal governments and the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board at a public hearing in Yellowknife Tuesday.

The current licence is set to expire in 2020 and a new one has to be issued before the final closure and reclamation plan can be approved.

The underground Snap Lake mine, located 220 kilometres northeast of Yellowknife, opened in 2008 and was De Beers’ first diamond mine outside of Africa.

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