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Environmental Assessment of the Blackwater Gold Project — Public Comment Period and Information Sessions

New Gold Inc. is proposing the construction and operation of an open pit gold and silver mine located approximately 110 kilometres southwest of Vanderhoof, British Columbia. As proposed, the project would produce 60,000 tonnes per day of gold and silver ore, over a mine life of 17 years.

The Blackwater Gold Project is subject to review under both the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) and B.C.'s Environmental Assessment Act and is undergoing a coordinated environmental assessment.

Public Comment Period

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) and B.C.'s Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) are inviting the public to comment on the ongoing environmental assessment of the Blackwater Gold Project. The proponent has recently submitted its Environmental Impact Statement / Application (EIS / Application) which describes the project and its potential to cause environmental, heritage, health, social, and economic effects.

A copy of the complete EIS / Application and more information is available online at www.canada.ca/en/environmental-assessment-agency.html and at www.eao.gov.bc.ca. A summary of the document in English or French is also available on the Agency's website at www.canada.ca/en/environmental-assessment-agency.html.

Submit comments from January 20, 2016 to February 19, 2016:

By Online Form:
www.eao.gov.bc.ca

By Email:
Blackwater@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

By Fax:
250-387-2208

By mail:

  • Blackwater Gold Project
    Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
    410-701 West Georgia Street
    Vancouver, British Columbia  V7Y 1C6

OR

  • Blackwater Gold Project
    Environmental Assessment Office
    P.O. Box 9426 Stn Prov Govt
    Victoria, British Columbia  V8W 9V1

The Agency accepts comments in either English or French. Comments only need to be submitted once to either the Agency or the EAO to be considered for both the provincial and federal environmental assessments.

Copies of the summary and the complete EIS / Application are also available for viewing at these locations:

  • Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
    Vancouver, B.C.
    Viewing by appointment only
    Telephone: 604-666-2431

  • Fraser Lake Public Library
    228 Endako Avenue
    Fraser Lake, B.C.

  • Vanderhoof Public Library
    230 Stewart Street East
    Vanderhoof, B.C.
     
  • Prince George Public Library
    Bob Harkins Branch
    888 Canada Games Way
    Prince George, B.C.

  • Burns Lake Public Library
    585 Government Street
    Burns Lake, B.C.

  • Prince George Public Library
    Nechako Branch
    6547 Hart Highway
    Prince George, B.C.

  • Fort St. James Public Library
    425 Manson Street
    Fort St. James, B.C.

  • Cariboo Regional District Library
    Quesnel Branch
    101-410 Kinchant Street
    Quesnel, B.C.

Information Sessions:

  • February 2, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Nechako Senior Friendship Centre
    219 Victoria Street East
    Vanderhoof, B.C.
     
  • February 3, 2016, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Mouse Mountain Elementary School
    266 Taluk Avenue
    Fraser Lake, B.C.

Information on the Blackwater Gold Project and the EIS / Application will be available at the information sessions, and interested individuals will be able to speak with provincial and federal representatives and New Gold Inc.'s technical team.

All submissions received by the Agency and the EAO during the comment period in relation to the Blackwater Gold Project are considered public. Comments will be posted to the EAO website and will become part of the Agency's project file.

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