Restart public hearing in April, Baffinland tells Nunavut board – Nunatsiaq News

by ahnationtalk on December 5, 201926 Views

4 December 2019

Embattled iron miner says more delays could threaten jobs, scare investors

The Nunavut Impact Review Board should press the restart button next April on its troubled final hearing on the Mary River phase two expansion proposal, the Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. told the board last Friday.

They say that’s a “reasonable compromise” that gives Baffinland about five and a half months from when the last hearing ended to provide the technical information that intervenors were demanding before the NIRB public hearing in Iqaluit ground to an abrupt halt this past Nov. 6.

That includes more information on the potential impacts of increased shipping on marine wildlife and the potential impacts of the proposed 110-kilometre railway between Milne Inlet and the Mary River mine site, and how the company plans to mitigate them.

The exact route of that railway has yet to be finalized. But the company said a five-and-a-half-month delay would provide time to resolve that problem through discussions with North Baffin communities.

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