Municipal Affairs and Environment

Registration 1625

Houston 1 and 2 Deposits Mining Project

Proponent: Labrador Iron Mines Limited

Summary of Environmental Assessment Process

Project Description:

The proponent intends to develop iron ore deposits on their Houston 1 and 2 properties in western Labrador. The Houston 1 and 2 deposits are located approximately 10 kilometres from an existing iron ore mine (Redmond Mine) operated by the proponent. The proposal involves open-pit mining and processing of “direct shipping” iron ore from the two deposits, construction of a mining haul road to connect to the existing Redmond Mine and construction of four kilometres long rail siding to connect with existing rail infrastructure. The proposed mine is situated approximately 20 kilometres southeast of the town of Schefferville, Quebec and will produce up to 3.5 million metric tonnes of iron ore per year. All development will occur within Labrador. Ore will be transported by existing railway to the port of Sept-Îles, Quebec. The proposed project includes construction, operation, rehabilitation and closure of the following primary components: open pit, waste rock disposal areas, tailings management facility, ancillary infrastructure to support the mine, and a rail transportation component. Construction is proposed to start in 2012 or early 2013. Production is scheduled to commence in the last quarter of 2013 and will be completed by 2019 followed by the decommissioning and rehabilitation phases.

  • December 21, 2011 - The undertaking was registered.
  • January 26, 2012 - Public comments are due.
  • February 2, 2012 - The Minister's decision is due.
  • April 19, 2012 - The Minister announced that the project is released.

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