BRITISH COLUMBIA - A joint federal/provincial panel has issued its final guidelines for the preparation of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Kemess North copper-gold project in the Toodoggone River area of north-central British Columbia, owned by Vancouver's NORTHGATE MINERALS CORP. The final EIA guidelines were issued within two weeks of the completion of the public review period, in keeping with the timetable established when the review process began.
Northgate has reviewed the final EIA guidelines and expects to complete its EIA and submit it to the panel by the end of September. After the EIA is submitted to the panel, there will be a series of panel and public review periods to ensure that the EIA document meets the criteria set out in the EIA guidelines. Once these reviews are completed and the EIA document is finalized, the panel will conduct public hearings on the Kemess North development, probably in the first quarter of 2006.
Kemess North is an undeveloped gold-copper deposit containing 4.1 million oz of gold and 1.5 billion pounds of copper, located approximately 6 kilometres north of the Kemess South mine. Development of the Kemess North open pit and the expansion of Northgate's existing Kemess milling infrastructure is forecast to cost US$190 million and will extend the productive life of the Kemess operation and sustain the jobs of some 450 employees and contractors until at least 2019. Annual metal production during the mine's 13-year life will average 250,000 ounces of gold and 113 million pounds of copper.
Additional information on Kemess North and the activities of the joint panel can be found at the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/index_e.cfm, reference number 04-07-3394, or consult the website of the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office at www.eao.gov.bc.ca, or you can visit www.northgateminerals.com.