Municipal Affairs and Environment

Registration 1378

Bloom Lake Railway Resubmission

Proponent: Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines Ltd.

Summary of Environmental Assessment Process

Project Description:

The proposal is to construct and operate a new 31.5 kilometre long single-track railway line to connect the company's new load-out facilities within Labrador with the existing railway line between Wabush Mines and the Quebec North Shore & Labrador Railway. The optimized rail line location remains within the same footprint corridor as originally proposed in 2006, but has been relocated in the Walsh River area to the north boundary of the corridor to address concerns raised by the Walsh River Cabin Owners Association. A marshalling yard and a section of double rail siding to hold 240 full and 240 empty railcars will be built near the junction with the existing railway. The rail connection is necessary to deliver iron concentrates from the Bloom Lake Mine site to the port of Sept-Iles for trans-shipment by ship to overseas and domestic customers. The undertaking was registered on April 25, 2008; public comments are due by May 30,2008; and the Minister's decision is due by June 9, 2008.

  • April 25, 2008 - The undertaking was registered.
  • June 2, 2008 - Public comments are due.
  • June 9, 2008 - The Minister's decision is due.
  • July 3, 2008 - The Minister call for an Environmental Preview Report.
  • August 13, 2008 - The Minister appoints Committee.
  • August 25, 2008 - Guidelines for the Environmental Preview Report issued.
  • September 4, 2008 - Environmental Preview Report submitted.
  • November 7, 2008 - Environmental Preview Report is accepted.

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