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Nunavut’s Back River mine proposal needs more study, Ottawa says – CBC

by ahnationtalk on January 16, 2017238 Views

The territory’s review board asked federal government to quash the project, citing caribou concerns

Jan 16, 2017

The Ministry of Indigenous and Northern Affairs is calling for additional study by the Nunavut Impact Review Board on the effects a proposed gold mine will have on the territory’s Kitikmeot region.

The Nunavut Impact Review Board rejected Sabina Gold and Silver Corporation’s proposed Back River gold mine project — planned for 95 kilometres southeast of Bathurst Inlet — in June. But the federal government is concerned with some of the board’s findings and wants more information before it accepts the ruling.

“While the report is being referred back to the board due to the deficiencies outlined above, we encourage the board to take the opportunity for further review or hearings,” Carolyn Bennett, the Indigenous and Northern Affairs minister wrote in a Jan. 12 letter to the review board.

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