April 15, 2019 — Ottawa — Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
The Government of Canada is working to protect the environment while growing the economy and creating good jobs for Canadians.
Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced that the proposed Blackwater Gold Project can proceed following a thorough and science-based environmental assessment process concluding that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects when mitigation measures are taken into account. The proponent, New Gold Inc., can now proceed with obtaining any additional authorizations and permits from federal departments.
The project consists of the construction, operation and closure of an open-pit gold and silver mine located 110 kilometres southwest of Vanderhoof, British Columbia. The proposed $1.8 billion project could create up to 1,500 jobs during construction and 495 during operations over the life of the project, according to figures provided by the proponent.
The Minister’s Decision Statement establishes 172 conditions the proponent must fulfill throughout the life of the project. These conditions will reduce or eliminate the potential effects on the environment and include measures to protect wetlands, fish and fish habitat, migratory birds, the current use of lands and resources by Indigenous Peoples, physical and cultural heritage and structures, and wildlife and species at risk.