MANITOBA – Toronto-based CROWFLIGHT MINERALS has received the provincial Environment Act licence that allows production to begin at its Bucko Lake nickel mine near Wabowden. The company says production could start as early as the third quarter of this year, but it is unlikely that federal permits for the storage of tails in Bucko Lake would be issued by that time.
Therefore, the company has submitted a notice of alteration to its original environment proposal that will allow it to store tailings temporarily on a land-based site – “temporary” being as long as 12 months, provided half the waste material is returned to mined-out areas underground.
Due to the design of the temporary tailings management area, only provincial permitting is required. However, Crowflight will continue the process of securing federal environmental permits for the use of Bucko Lake as a tailings impoundment area (TIA) for long-term tailings storage. Once the final approval for the proposed TIA is obtained from the federal government, the company plans to transfer the tailings stored temporarily on land to the Bucko Lake TIA, as this method is considered the most environmentally-sound approach for secure, long-term tailings storage.
Crowflight’s construction schedule calls for commissioning the processing plant, and ore throughput ramp-up will occur in the third quarter of 2008, with mill commissioning expected in July and the first ore to be processed through the mill in August of 2008.
Please visit www.crowflight.com for photos of construction activities at the Bucko Lake nickel project.