Orca Sand and Gravel quarry project granted environmental approval
VANCOUVER, BC-Orca Sand and Gravel recently received environmental certification from the British Columbia government for its proposed gravel quarry and ship-loading facilities near Port McNeil, on the northeast coast of Vancouver Island. Following a joint federal-provincial environmental assessment, the province concluded the project will have no significant environmental, social or health impacts on the surrounding area. The Vancouver-based company can now proceed with obtaining the necessary provincial approvals and leases to begin construction. Federal approvals are expected this fall and work should start shortly thereafter, with operations beginning in late 2006. Over its 30-year lifespan, the aggregate project will produce four to six million tonnes of sand and gravel which will be shipped to markets along North America's Pacific coast. Orca Sand and Gravel is a partnership between Polaris Minerals (also of Vancouver) and the 'Namgis First Nation.