August 8, 2005

Birch Mountain's limestone quarry project under way

after all permits granted

CALGARY, ALTA-Birch Mountain Resources is preparing to begin field work immediately on its Muskeg Valley limestone quarry, having received all operating approvals for construction and operation of the project. This includes approvals from Alberta Environment as well as a mineral surface lease from Alberta Public Lands and a development permit from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, noted senior vice-president Don Dabbs. Birch Mountain will be working with NORAMAC, a joint venture between North American Construction Group, one of the region's leading roadbuilding contractors, and the Fort McKay Group of Companies. "Several of the subcontractors will be local aboriginal-owned companies," said Russ Gerrish, Birch Mountain's vice-president of engineering and operations. The company will provide limestone from the quarry to the oil sands industry for use in roads, concrete and flue-gas scrubbing to remove impurities in air emissions.

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