NUNAVUT – Stalled since last August, the permitting process has resumed for the Doris North development belonging to MIRAMAR MINING of Vancouver. The high-grade gold property is located in the Hope Bay Greenstone Belt.
In August the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) recommended the project not proceed due to concerns over its impact on wildlife migration, the use of Tail Lake for tailings, Tail Lake water quality, a jetty to be built, and socio-economic impacts. Miramar says now that the minister of INDIAN AND NORTHERN AFFAIRS CANADA (INAC, formerly DIAND) has accepted the NIRB report, it can proceed with a revised application.
The Doris North deposit is a typical Archean lode deposit occurring close to the surface. At the end of last year the three Hope Bay depositsBoston, Doris and Madridhad measured and indicated resources of 5.75 million tonnes at 9.9 g/t Au, or 1.838 million contained ounces. Additional inferred resources are thought to total 16.17 million tonnes grading 6.9 g/t Au or 3.58 million contained ounces.
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