Public Notice
Sisson Project (Tungsten and Molybdenum Mine) – Public Comments Invited and Federal Funding Available

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) is conducting a comprehensive study type of environmental assessment for the proposed Sisson Project (Tungsten and Molybdenum Mine) located 60 kilometres northwest of Fredericton, New Brunswick.

The Agency invites the public to comment on the project and the conduct of the comprehensive study and to identify environmental issues that should be considered in the environmental assessment.

The Agency has issued the draft Joint (federal/provincial) Terms of Reference that identify potential environmental effects to be addressed and information that needs to be included in the proponent's Environmental Impact Assessment. Public comments on the draft Joint Terms of Reference are invited and will be reviewed and considered by the federal and provincial governments before the document is finalized.

The draft Joint Terms of Reference and more information on this project are available on the Agency's Web site, in the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry under reference number 11-03-63169. To obtain a copy of the document, please contact the project manager listed in this notice. To view a copy of the document, please visit the following locations:

  • Fredericton Public Library
    12 Carlton Street
    Fredericton, NB
  • Nackawic Town Hall
    115 Oris Drive
    Nackawic, NB
  • Stanley Village Office
    20 Main Street
    Stanley, NB
  • L.P. Fisher Library
    679 Main Street
    Woodstock, NB

Interested individuals or groups are invited to send their comments by October 3, 2011 in the official language of their choice to:

Sisson Project (Tungsten and Molybdenum Mine)
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Tara Oak, Project Manager
1801 Hollis Street, Suite 200
Halifax NS B3J 3N4
Telephone: 902-426-0564
Fax: 902-426-6550
Sisson@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

All comments received will be considered public and will become part of the project file. This is the first of several public comment periods that will occur during the environmental assessment of the project. Future public participation opportunities will be announced at a later date.

$100,000 available for public participation

The Agency is making available $100,000 under its Participant Funding Program to assist groups and individuals to participate in the federal environmental assessment process for this project. This funding is intended for activities relating to subsequent public consultations on this project.

Applications received by the Agency by October 3, 2011 will be considered. Information on the Participant Funding Program, including a guide and the application form, is available on the Agency's Web site. To submit an application or to obtain additional information on the program, contact:

Participant Funding Program
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Suzanne Osborne
160 Elgin Street, 22nd Floor
Ottawa ON K1A 0H3
Telephone: 1-866-582-1884 or 613-957-0254
Fax: 613-948-9172
PFP.PAFP@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

Map depicting the location of the project, as described in the current document.

The project

Northcliff Resources Ltd. (the proponent) is proposing to develop an open pit mine for the purpose of extracting tungsten and molybdenum-containing ore, approximately 60 kilometres northwest of Fredericton, New Brunswick. The mine would have a lifespan of 20 to 30 years and extract between 20,000 and 40,000 tonnes of ore per day for on-site processing. The project would involve a conventional open pit mine and associated processing, storage, waste treatment and disposal facilities, as well as a new 25 kilometre transmission line.

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