Proposal for Road and Mine Project at High Lake Gets Approval from Nunavut Impact Review Board
by admin ~ March 15th, 2007
One of several proposed roads for the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut, the junior mining company from Thunder Bay, Wolfden Resources Inc., received a favorable review for its copper/zinc mine proposal from the Nunavut Impct Review Board (NIRB). The 53 km all weather road will include a dock facility at Grays Bay on the Coronation Gulf, and will parallel the Kennartic River to the mine site at High Lake. Wolfden also owns the proposed Ulu gold mine 55 km south of the proposed High Lake road in the headwaters of the Hood River.
Next steps include public hearings and formal Environmental Assessment process, which could last up to two years. The Director of Technical Services for the NIRB stated: “There was concerns over wildlife and eco-systemic impacts that may be significant and adverse.” He also stated public interest in the project is high (1). Mine proposal includes open pit and underground methods, construction of permanent all-season road, airstrip, dock facilities, winter-trail routes, on-site facilities for processing ore, and off-site processing for gold. “Tailings will be deposited into an impoundment and covered with water to inhabit oxidation and prevent acid generation and metal leaching. To ensure that the tailings remain under water, four dams will be constructed along the lake’s perimeter, which will also prevent uncontrolled release into the Kennarctic River.” Wolfden received an influx of investment capital from Goldcorp last November, and has sought access agreements for Inuit owned lands and has promised employment for qualified Inuit workers. Mine life is projected at 14 years.