Municipal Affairs and Environment

Registration 1201

Lower Churchill River Exploration Project

Proponent: Markland Resource Development Inc.

Summary of Environmental Assessment Process

  • Project Description:
    The proponent plans to conduct a bulk sampling exploration program to determine the viability of suction-dredge mining in the central channel of the Lower Churchill River. The proposed area will be downstream of Muskrat Island along the first 35 kilometres of the river. The bulk sampling program will either use an excavator on the larger shifting sandbars, and/or a suction dredge in submerged areas. A maximum of 200 cubic metres will be removed from each sample site to a depth of approximately one metre below river bottom. All site work will be completed during the summer of 2005.
  • June 22, 2005 - The undertaking was registered.
  • July 28, 2005 - Public comments are due.
  • August 6, 2005 - The Minister's decision is due.
  • August 18, 2005 - The Minister announced the project has been released from further environmental assessment review subject to conditions.

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