Proceedings of the Technical Review for Baffinland’s Mary River Project draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS); 7 March and 19 September, 2011
Chairperson: K. Martin
The Mary River Project is a large-scale proposed iron ore mining operation. The mine will be located in the Canadian Arctic on northern Baffin Island, Nunavut. The Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) assesses the potential impacts of proposed development in the Nunavut Settlement Area. The Board conducts the review and sets the agenda for the process. Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation (Baffinland) prepared their draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for development of the Mary River Project. The draft EIS was submitted to the NIRB for detailed environmental and socio-economic review. On 15 February 2011 the NIRB initiated their review process beginning with the submission of Information Requests (IRs) to NIRB. This IR phase is meant to identify gaps within the draft EIS that need to be addressed so that parties can undertake their technical reviews. DFO Science staff met to discuss IRs on 7 March 2011 and the list of IRs was considered by DFO Habitat Management for inclusion in the DFO submission. Baffinland responded to some of the IRs, updated their draft EIS and met with various interested parties on a number of occasions during the review process to discuss concerns. On 5 July 2011 NIRB initiated the Technical Review phase of the process and requested that technical review comments be submitted by 5 September 2011; this date was later extended to 5 October 2011. This proceedings report outlines the approach taken to the review and some concerns identified with the draft EIS.
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