Regulatory Review Process
The Red Mountain Underground Gold Project (the Project) requires a decision under both provincial and federal environmental assessment legislation. The Project is being assessed under a harmonized process between the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA).
The Project is currently in the 30-day Screening Phase of the environmental assessment process. EAO and CEAA are currently reviewing IDM's Application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate and Environmental Impact Statement to ensure that it is complete. IDM Mining (IDM) continues to work collaboratively with Nisga'a Nation (as represented by Nisga’a Lisims Government) and provincial and federal regulators to verify that all required and applicable information has been collected. Following successful completion of the Screening Phase, IDM anticipates that EAO will initiate the 180-day Application Review Phase of the EA process.
There are many opportunities for the public to be involved in the environmental assessment and to comment on the environmental and socio-economic aspects of the Project. A public comment period was recently led by EAO on the draft Application Information Requirements (AIR) from October 5 to November 4, 2016. During this period, EAO and IDM hosted open houses in several communities to share Project information and solicit feedback. EAO and CEAA will lead further public comment periods and open houses during the Application Review phase, which IDM anticipates will occur during the summer of 2017.
EAO publishes all environmental assessment information and associated documents, including information on how to get involved in the process, on the Project Information Centre website (e-PIC).
All documents relevant to the federal environmental assessment of the Project are available online at CEAA’s Project Registry.
IDM will also update information on this website as it is made available by EAO and CEAA.
The provincial and federal environmental assessment processes are comprehensive and will address all potential effects of the Project on environmental, socio-economic, health, and heritage values and aspects.
IDM respects the Nisga’a Treaty and will meet the relevant requirements of Chapter 10 (Environmental Assessment and Protection) of the Nisga’a Treaty, including:
Working with the Nisga’a Lisims Government to reach an agreement regarding the Project;
Conducting an assessment of whether the Project’s environmental effects will affect Nisga’a Nation’s Treaty rights; and
Conducting an assessment of the Project’s potential economic, social, and cultural effects on Nisga’a citizens.