August 29, 2005

Proposed northern Ont mine expansion will not require further review

OTTAWA, ONT-Porcupine Joint Venture's proposed Pamour gold pit mine expansion project in northern Ontario will not require further assessment by a review panel or mediator under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, federal Environment Minister St√ąphane Dion said recently. Accordingly, he has referred the project back to the lead responsible authorities, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and Transport Canada (TC), for appropriate action. The Minister concluded that the project will not likely cause significant adverse environmental effects, provided the mitigation measures outlined in the comprehensive study report are implemented. Porcupine Joint Venture is planning to expand its Pamour open pit mine on Highway 101 just east of Porcupine, near Timmins, Ontario. The proposed expansion will extend across the current alignment of Highway 101 into Three Nations Lake and through a section of Three Nations Creek. The project includes expansion of the existing Pamour open pit mine, construction of an isolation dam across Three Nations Lake, partial dewatering of the lake, alteration of the lake shoreline and extension of the lake, and the relocation of a portion of Three Nations Creek. The expansion will extend the mine life by up to 11 years after the existing open pit operation is closed. It will also provide extra time to explore the rest of the Timmins mining camp to find future resources.

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