Share your ideas: Whale Tail Pit Mining Project

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Whale Tail Pit Mining Project

  • Current status: Open

Consultations began in January 2020 and are expected to end in March 2020.

The Government of Canada is seeking comments from the public and Indigenous groups on a proposed authorization for mine waste disposal in certain water bodies frequented by fish for the Whale Tail Pit Expansion Project. This authorization requires an amendment to Schedule 2 of the Metal and Diamond Mining Effluent Regulations to list these water bodies as Tailings Impoundments Areas. The Government of Canada is also seeking comments on the potential application of the Streamlining the Approvals Process for Metal Mines with Tailings Impoundment Areas.

  • Agnico Eagle (the Proponent) is proposing to continue mine operations at the Meadowbank Mine and gain approval to extend Meadowbank Mine to include development of resources from Whale Tail Pit, an open-pit gold mine. The mine is located on Inuit Owned Land approximately 150 kilometres (km) north of the hamlet of Baker Lake and approximately 50 km northwest of Meadowbank Mine in the Kivalliq Region of Nunavut.
  • The regulatory amendments, if approved, would authorize the use of the water bodies for mine waste disposal. 
  • To offset the loss of fish and fish habitat due to the Project, the Proponent is required to develop and implement a Fish Habitat Compensation Plan.
  • The Streamlining policy would exempt these proposed amendments from pre-publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I, and would allow for a final publication in the Canada Gazette, Part II.

How to participate

The Government of Canada completed the review of Lake A53’s alternatives assessment and is currently reviewing the alternatives assessment developed for Lakes A50, A51 and A52.

Comments or concerns must be submitted by mail or by email by March 2, 2020. More specifically, the Government of Canada is seeking comments on:

Also, copies of the full reports can also be requested by contacting us at the email address provided below.

Comments can be submitted by mail at the address below:

Environment and Climate Change Canada
Mining Section
Mining and Processing Division
351 St-Joseph Boulevard, 11th floor
Gatineau, QC
K1A 0H3

Comments can also be submitted by email to ec.mmer-remm.ec@canada.ca.

To learn how we will protect your privacy during this consultation, please carefully review our privacy statement.

Who is the focus of this consultation

ECCC would like to hear from:

  • Indigenous peoples
  • Territorial and local governments
  • industry stakeholders and association members
  • non-governmental organizations
  • general public
ᐃᓱᒪᒋᖃᑦᑕᖅᑕᓯ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᕆᓯᐅᒃ

ᐱᖁᖓᓂᐅᑉ ᐃᓱᐊᓂ ᐃᓗᑦᑐᖅᑎᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᒃᑯᑦ ᐅᔭᕋᖕᓂᐊᕐᕕᒃ

ᒫᓐᓇᐅᔪᖅ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᖓᓕᕐᓂᖓ: ᒪᑐᐃᖓᔪᖅ

ᐅᖃᖃᑎᒌᒋᐊᓕᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᔮᓐᓄᐊᕆ 2020-ᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓱᓕᓐᓂᐊᕋᓱᒋᔭᐅᔪᑦ ᒫᔨ 2020-ᒥ.

ᒐᕙᒪᑐᖃᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᓄᖕᓂᒃ ᑐᓴᕈᒪᔪᑦ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑳᖅᓯᒪᔪᓪᓗ ᑎᒥᖁᑎᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐋᖅᑭᒋᐊᕈᑕᐅᔪᒪᔪᑦ ᒥᒃᓵᓄᑦ ᐃᓚᖓᒍᑦ 2-ᑯᑦ ᓴᕕᕋᔭᐃᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓯᑎᔪᑦ ᐅᔭᖅᑲᑦ ᐅᔭᕋᖕᓂᐊᖅᑕᐅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᓴᖅᑭᑉᐸᓪᓕᐊᓲᑦ ᒪᓕᒐᖁᑎᖏᑦᑎᒍᑦ  ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᑐᓕᖅᑎᕆᑐᐃᓐᓇᕆᐊᖃᕋᔭᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ  ᐋᖅᑭᒋᐊᖅᓯᒍᑎ ᐊᖏᖅᑕᐅᓇᔭᕐᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᓴᕕᕋᔭᖕᓂᒃ ᐅᔭᕋᖕᓂᐊᕐᕖᑦ ᑯᕕᖅᑕᕐᕕᖃᕋᔭᕐᒪᖔᑕ.

  • ᐊᒡᓂᒍ ᐃᒍᒃᑯᑦ (ᐅᔭᖃᖕᓂᐊᖅᑐᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ) ᐊᑐᓕᖁᔨᓯᒪᖕᒪᑕ ᐅᔭᖃᖕᓂᐊᕐᓂᖅ ᑲᔪᓯᖁᑉᓗᒍ ᐊᐳᖅᑎᓐᓈᖅᑐᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᖏᖅᑕᐅᔪᒪᑉᓗᑎᒃ ᐃᓚᒋᐊᖅᑕᐅᖁᑉᓗᒍ ᐊᐳᖅᑎᓐᓈᖅᑐᒥ ᐅᔭᕋᖕᓂᐊᕐᕕᒃ ᐃᓚᐅᑎᑦᑎᓕᕐᓗᑎᒃ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᑕᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᐱᖁᖓᓂᐅᑉ ᐃᓱᐊᓂ, ᐃᓗᑦᑐᖅᑎᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᒎᓘᒥᒃ ᐅᔭᕋᖕᓂᐊᕐᕕᒃ.  ᐅᔭᕋᖕᓂᐊᕐᕕᒃ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓄᓇᖁᑎᖓᓃᑦᑐᖅ ᐃᒻᒪᖄ 150 ᑭᓛᒥᑕᒥᒃ ᐅᖓᓯᖕᓂᓕᒃ ᖃᒪᓂ’ᑐᐊᑉ ᐅᐊᖕᓇᖓᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᒻᒪᖄ 50 ᑭᓛᒥᑕᓂᒃ ᐅᖓᓯᖕᓂᓕᒃ ᐊᐳᖅᑎᓐᓈᖅᑑᑉ ᐅᐊᖕᓇᖓᑕ ᑲᓇᖕᓇᖅᐸᓯᖓᓄᑦ ᑭᕙᓪᓕᕐᒥ ᓄᓇᕗᒥ.
  • ᒪᓕᒐᓕᕆᓂᒃᑯᑦ ᐋᖅᑭᒋᐊᕆᐊᓖᑦ, ᐊᖏᖅᑕᐅᒃᐸᑕ, ᐱᔪᓐᓇᖅᑎᑦᑎᓇᔭᖅᑐᖅ ᐊᑐᕈᓐᓇᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᒪᖁᑎᒋᔭᐅᔪᒥᒃ ᐅᔭᕋᖕᓂᐊᕐᕕᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᒃᑕᕐᕕᐅᓂᐊᕐᓗᓂ.
  • ᖃᓄᐃᙱᑦᑐᓐᓇᖁᑉᓗᒋᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᓪᓗ ᐃᓂᒋᕙᒃᑕᖏᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᔪᒃᑯᑦ, ᐅᔭᕋᖕᓂᐊᖅᑐᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᑎᑦᑎᔭᕆᐊᓖᑦ ᐊᑐᓕᖅᑎᕆᓗᑎᒡᓗ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ ᐃᓂᒋᕙᒃᑕᖏᑦᑎᒍᑦ ᓇᓪᓕᐅᒃᑯᒫᒃᑯᑦ ᐸᕐᓇᐅᑎᒥᒃ. 
  • ᐋᖅᑭᒋᐊᖅᓯᓂᒃᑯᑦ ᒪᓕᒐᖅ ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᑎᑦᑎᓇᔭᙱᑦᑐᖅ ᑕᒪᒃᑯᓂᙵ ᐋᖅᑭᒋᐊᕈᑕᐅᔪᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᑎᑎᕋᐅᑕᐅᓯᒪᓕᐊᓂᒃᑐᒃᑯᑦ Canada Gazette-ᑯᑎᒍᑦ, ᐃᓚᖓᒍᑦ I-ᑯᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᕕᒃᓴᖃᖅᑎᑦᑎᓇᔭᖅᑐᖅ ᑭᖑᓪᓕᖅᐹᒃᑯᑦ ᑎᑎᕋᖅᓯᒪᔪᒥᒃ ᓴᖅᑭᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ Canada Gazette, ᐃᓚᖓᒍᑦ II-ᑯᑦ ᐅᖃᓕᒫᒐᒃᑯᑦ.

ᖃᓄᖅ ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᓇᔭᕐᒪᖔᖅᐱᑦ

ᑲᓇᑕᐅᑉ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᖏᑦ ᕿᒥᕐᕈᒌᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᒻᒪᑕ ᑕᓯᕐᒥᑦ A53 ᑭᖑᕝᕕᓂᐊᖅᑐᓂᑦ ᖃᔨᐅᓴᖅᑕᐅᓗᓂ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᒫᓐᓇ ᑭᖑᕝᕕᑎᔅᓴᒥᑦ ᕿᒥᕐᒻᕈᒻᒪᑕ ᑕᓯᕐᓂᑦ A50, A51 ᐊᒻᒪᓗ A52−ᒥᑦ.

ᐅᖃᐅᓯᒃᓴᐃᑦ ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᐃᓱᒫᓘᑕᐅᔪᑦ ᑐᓂᕐᕈᑕᐅᔭᕆᐊᓖᑦ ᒫᔨ 2, 2020-ᖑᖅᑳᖅᑎᓐᓇᒍ.  ᐱᓗᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᑐᑭᓯᓇᖅᓯᒋᐊᖅᓯᒪᓗᒍ, ᒐᕙᒪᑐᖃᒃᑯᑦ ᐅᑯᑎᒎᓇᖅ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᒃᓴᓂᒃ ᐱᓇᓱᒃᑐᑦ:

ᐊᒻᒪᓗ, ᐊᔨᖏᓐᓂ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᑉ ᓈᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᑐᔅᓯᕋᕈᓐᓇᕐᒥᔪᑎ ᐅᕙᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᖃᕋᓴᐅᔭᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᑖᓂ ᑎᑎᕋᖅᓯᒪᔪᒥᑦ.

ᐅᖃᐅᓯᒃᓴᑦ ᑐᓂᕐᕈᑕᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᑐᑦ ᑎᑎᖅᑲᖅᑖᕐᕕᒃᑯᑦ ᐅᕗᙵ ᑐᕌᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ:

Environment and Climate Change Canada
Mining Section
Mining and Processing Division
351 St-Joseph Boulevard, 11th floor
Gatineau, QC
K1A 0H3

ᐅᖃᐅᓯᒃᓴᑦ ᑐᓂᕐᕈᑕᐅᔪᓐᓇᕐᒥᔪᑦ ᖃᕆᑕᐅᔭᒃᑯᑦ ᐅᕗᙵ ec.mmer-remm.ec@canada.ca.

ᖃᐅᔨᔪᒪᒍᕕᑦ ᖃᓄᖅ ᑭᓇᐅᖕᒪᖔᖅᐱᑦ ᑐᓴᖅᑎᑦᑎᑐᐃᓐᓇᔾᔮᙱᓐᓂᑉᑎᓐᓄᑦ ᐅᖃᖃᑎᒌᖕᓂᖃᖅᑎᓪᓗᑕ, ᕿᒥᕐᕈᑦᑎᐊᕈᒃ ᑕᒪᐅᙵᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅ ᑐᓴᖅᑎᑦᑎᔾᔮᙱᓐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖅᐳᑦ.

ᑭᒃᑯᑦ ᐅᖃᖃᑎᒌᒃᑎᐅᕙᑦ ᑕᒡᕘᓇ

ᒐᕙᒪᑐᖃᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᕙᑎᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓯᓚᐅᑉᓗ ᐊᓯᔾᔨᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᑲᒪᔨᖏᑦ ᐅᑯᓇᙵᑦ ᑐᓴᕈᒪᔪᑦ:

  • ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑳᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ
  • ᓄᓇᕗᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᒐᕙᒪᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᓐᓂᒃ
  • ᐱᓕᕆᕝᕕᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᒃ ᓇᖕᒥᓂᖁᑎᓕᖕᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᒃᑯᓐᓂᒃ
  • ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑰᙱᑦᑐᓂᒃ ᑎᒥᖁᑎᒋᔭᐅᔪᓂᒃ
  • ᐃᓄᑐᐃᓐᓇᕐᓂᒃ
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