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Dock holding project up
Sabina filed draft environmental impact statement

Lyndsay Herman
Northern News Services
Published Monday, January 27, 2014

The Bathurst Inlet road and port project is faced with delays again.

Last month, Glencore and Sabina Gold and Silver, partners in the project, informed the Nunavut Impact Review Board of their intention to develop a new pre-feasibility study over the next year.

The study became necessary after the foundation at the planned dock location was determined to need too much dredging.

The letter states research on new dock locations will wrap up early this year, if not in December, and the subsequent months will be used to determine a new plan.

"Preliminary results suggest that the foundation material is not adequate and that, in order to build in-water infrastructure, significant dredging would be required," states the letter, jointly signed by Glencore's Hackett River project manager Denis Hamel and Sabina's vice president environment and sustainability Matthew Pickard.

"Also, a detailed evaluation of construction schedules for both BIPR and its future clients' projects, suggest that the current laydown is not adequate to accommodate, in a timely manner, all the necessary supplies and major equipment."

The Dec. 20 letter signed by both companies states an update will be filed by Dec. 23.

Glencore owns the nearby Hackett River project and promises the review board an update on that project by the same date in a separate letter to the review board dated Dec. 20.

Sabina filed a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for its Back River project Jan. 21.

According to the DEIS, the project will have a mine life of up to 29 years, including two years of construction, 10 years of operation, and 10 years of clean-up and closure.

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