LABRADOR AURORA ENERGY RESOURCES of Vancouver plans to create a new panel that will give community representatives from coastal Labrador input into planning and key environmental work at its Michelin uranium project at the eastern end of the Central Mineral Belt. Aurora is proceeding despite the three-year moratorium on uranium mining imposed by the NUNATSIAVUT government covering its lands.
“Our intention is to continue to be open, transparent and participative as we move the Michelin project forward,” says Dr. Mark O’Dea, Aurora’s president and CEO. “The panel not only provides the community an in-depth forum for discussion and direction, but gives citizens an open and direct line of access to project planning.”
The mandate of the panel is to:
– Identify opportunities to improve the project’s fit within the community through discussion of community issues and concerns.
– Communicate information about the proposed Michelin project to the community.
– Provide input on specific project details, such as tailings management, project design, environmental and engineering studies, and community benefits.
– Provide input on consultation activities and materials.
– Obtain public feedback.
The panel is to be comprised of approximately 10 members and will include representatives from Postville, Makkovik, Nain, Hopedale, Rigolet, North West River, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Sheshashiu, Natuashish and Aurora. Aurora wants a diverse representation of community interests, including residents, business owners, hunters, fishers, teachers and principals, students (age 16 years and older), elders, health care, community and recreation interests.
The panel will meet six to eight times per year. The initial membership is for one year and some travel is required as meetings will rotate throughout North Coast communities. Deadline for applications is July 14, 2008 with the first meeting scheduled for August 2008.
Application forms are available at www.Aurora-Energy.ca. Click on the “Community” link.