News Release
Spanish Mountain Gold Mine Project – Public Comments Invited and Federal Funding Available

OTTAWA – October 21, 2011 – The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) is conducting a comprehensive study, which is a type of environmental assessment, for the proposed Spanish Mountain Gold Mine Project located in British Columbia. At this time, the comprehensive study is in its early stages. The Agency invites the public to comment on the project and the conduct of the comprehensive study.

A background document is available and contains information on the proposed project, the federal requirements of a comprehensive study, and the proposed environmental components to be considered in the review of the project.

The background document and more information on this project are available on the Agency’s website at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca (registry reference number 11-03-63917). Paper copies of the document are also available by request.

The Agency is also making available $45,000 under its Participant Funding Program to assist groups and individuals to take part in upcoming steps in the federal environmental assessment of this project.

Public comments and funding applications received by November 21, 2011 will be considered.

This is the first of three public participation periods that will occur during the federal environmental assessment of the project. Future public participation opportunities will be announced at a later date.

Spanish Mountain Gold Ltd. is proposing the Spanish Mountain Gold Mine Project which is an open pit gold mine located approximately 70 kilometres northeast of Williams Lake, British Columbia. The project will process approximately 40,000 tonnes per day of ore over a period of ten years.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency administers the federal environmental assessment process, which identifies the environmental effects of proposed projects and measures to address those effects, in support of sustainable development.

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Media may contact:

Maxine Leger-Haskell
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Communications Advisor
Tel.: 613-957-0406

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