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Fifteen Mile Stream Gold Project — Public Comments Invited

What is happening?

March 16, 2021 — The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (the Agency) is conducting a federal environmental assessment for the proposed Fifteen Mile Stream Gold Project, located approximately 95 kilometres northeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The proposed Fifteen Mile Stream Gold Project is subject to both the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 and Nova Scotia's Environment Act, and is undergoing a cooperative environmental assessment process.

The Agency and the Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Climate Change (ECC) invite the public and Indigenous groups to comment on the potential environmental effects of the project and the proposed measures to prevent or mitigate those effects as described in the proponent's summary of the Environmental Impact Statement. ECC also invites comments on the full Environmental Impact Statement (English only).

The Agency recognizes it is more challenging to undertake meaningful public engagement and Indigenous consultation in light of the circumstances arising from COVID-19. The Agency continues to assess the situation, adjust consultation activities and provide flexibility as needed in order to prioritize the health and safety of all Canadians and conduct meaningful engagement with interested groups.

How can I participate?

Written comments in either official language will be accepted until April 30, 2021.

Comments can be submitted online by visiting the project home page on the Canadian Impact Assessment Registry (reference number 80152) or by emailing ECC at EA@gov.ns.ca. Comments may be submitted to either the Agency or ECC to be considered in both the provincial and federal environmental assessments and will be published online as part of the project files.

To view the summary of the Environmental Impact Statement, visit the Agency's website at canada.ca/iaac. More information on the project, the review process and alternative means of submitting comments is also available online on the Agency's website and on ECC's website at gov.ns.ca/nse/ea. Printed copies are also available for viewing at the following locations:

Department of Environment and Climate Change Office
30 Damascus Road, Suite 115
Bedford, Nova Scotia

Department of Lands and Forestry
12086 Highway 224
Middle Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia

Sheet Harbour Library
22756 Highway 7
Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia

Will there be more opportunities to participate?

This is the third of four opportunities for the public to comment on the environmental assessment of the project.

Follow the Agency and Nova Scotia Environment on Twitter: @IAAC_AEIC and @NS_Environment #FifteenMileStreamGold

What is the proposed project?

Atlantic Mining NS Corp, a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlantic Gold Corporation, is proposing the construction, operation, decommissioning and reclamation of an open-pit gold mine located approximately 95 kilometres northeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia. As proposed, the Fifteen Mile Stream Gold Project would include open pits, stockpiles, materials storage, crushing and concentrator facilities, water management and treatment infrastructure, mine haul roads, and an above-ground tailings management facility. Ore would be crushed and concentrated on site to produce a gold concentrate that would be hauled to Touquoy Mine for final processing, a distance of 76 kilometres on existing public roads. The mine would operate at a rate of approximately 2 million tonnes of gold-bearing ore per year, over a seven-year mine life.

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