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Attachment BEOTHUK FIRST NATION TRIBE submitted by CAROL REYNOLDS

2021-12-7 20:32
  • Reference Number 58
  • VALENTINE GOLD MINES ON NEWFOUNDLAND BEOTHUK FIRST NATION TRIBE INTERNATIONAL FED FILED TREATY PROTECTED
  • VALENTINE MINE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ON INDIGENOUS BEOTHUK FIRST NATION TRIBE TERRITORY UPDATED  TREATY PROTECTED

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Attachment Administrator on behalf of Kelly Young

2021-03-4 0:00
  • Reference Number 50
  • Valentine Gold Project - Public Comments
  • To Whom It May Concern:    As federally recognized members of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation we the Young sisters believe that we have a duty to provide comments and share our concerns relating to the ecosystem of the island of Newfoundland, with particular focus on protecting spiritually and culturally significant lands, as well as preventing disturbance to the extremely important wildlife which is located in the proposed Valentine Gold Mine Project area. We are Dayna M. Young and Kelly M. Young of Stephenville, NL. Our leisure time has often been spent in the wilderness of the island of Newfoundland with our parents, who are avid participants in hiking and documenting the unique ecosystem which the Province offers. We have spent time enjoying the various wildlife and harvesting resources, such as berries, from the land. We understand the importance of voicing concerns surrounding culturally and spiritually important aspects of their ...
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  • Valentine Gold Project: Comments on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Guidelines The Young Sisters To Whom It May Concern: March 04, 2021 Valentine Gold Project Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency 301-10 Barters Hill St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1C 6M1 Telephone: 709-725-2725 Email: CEAA.Valentine.ACEE@canada.ca Kelly M. Young Dayna M. Young St. John’s, NL Brampton, ON Email: As federally recognized members of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation we the Young sisters believe that we have a duty to provide comments and share our concerns relating to the ecosystem of the island of Newfoundland, with particular focus on protecting spiritually and culturally significant lands, as well as preventing disturbance to the extremely important wildlife which is located in the proposed Valentine Gold Mine Project area. We are Dayna M. Young and Kelly M. Young of Stephenville, NL. Our leisure time has often ...

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Attachment Administrator on behalf of Brian McLaren and Richard Huang

2020-12-30 0:00
  • Reference Number 32
  • Commented On Participation Notice: Public Notice - Public Comments Invited on a Summary of the Environmental Impact Statement
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  • Hello,  Please find attached a submission prepared by Brian McLaren and Richard Huang. I have also forwarded it to Brent Keeping in St. John's. Please let me know if you have any questions and advise whether I should submit through additional means.    Sincerely,    Glenn Wheeler <personal information removed>
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  • Comments on the Marathon Gold Valentine Lake Project’s Environmental Impact Statement: Relating to Fish and Wildlife and Mitigating the Effects on Area Caribou December 30, 2020 Brian McLaren1 and Richard Huang2 Preamble Marathon Gold has provided an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on its proposed Valentine Gold Project in west-central Newfoundland that became available for public review and comment in November 2020. This public review is taking place as part of the consultations mandated by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Protection Act. Comments made during public review are intended to assist the Ministers of government in decision-making on how approval for the undertaking might take place. The Valentine Gold Project starts with a construction phase of 18-24 months, followed by an estimated mine operation life of over 12 years, then a two-year site rehabilitation and closure ...

Attachment Alana Westwood

2020-12-23 9:06
  • Reference Number 28
  • Commented On Participation Notice: Public Notice - Public Comments Invited on a Summary of the Environmental Impact Statement
  • Submission on Valentine Gold - Technical report highlighting concerns on scope, scale, and completeness of baseline information collection
  • Please see the attached file for the complete report. The covering letter is reproduced below. December 23, 2020 Enclosed past this covering letter are recommendations for consideration by the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada, the Marathon Gold Corporation, and federal authories in your ongoing assessment of the Valentine Gold Project. These recommendations were prepared by graduate students as part of coursework for the class ENVI5001 Environmental Assessment at Dalhousie University. All the authors have been trained in the governance, substantive components, and procedural components of federal impact assessment. We bring post-graduate degrees in environmental studies and sciences (including Master’s and PhDs), and cumulative decades work experience in environmental consulting, research, and management, and lived experience in the resource industry and frontier ...
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  • FACULTY OF MANAGEMENT | School for Resource and Environmental Studies Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building, Suite 5010 | 6100 University Avenue | PO Box 15000 | Halifax NS B3H 4R2 Canada 902.494.3632 | FAX: 902.494.3728 | sres@dal.ca | dal.ca/sres DAL.CA Valentine Gold Project Impact Assessment Agency of Canada 301-10 Barters Hill St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1C 6M1 CEAA.Valentine.ACEE@canada.ca December 23, 2020 To whom it may concern, Enclosed past this covering letter are recommendations for consideration by the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada, the Marathon Gold Corporation, and federal authories in your ongoing assessment of the Valentine Gold Project. These recommendations were prepared by graduate students as part of coursework for the class ENVI5001 Environmental Assessment at Dalhousie University. All the authors have been trained in the governance, substantive components, and procedural components of ...

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Attachment Administrator on behalf of Snowshoe Lake Hunting and Fishing

2020-12-23 0:00
  • Reference Number 33
  • Commented On Participation Notice: Public Notice - Public Comments Invited on a Summary of the Environmental Impact Statement
  • EIS Submission Marathon Gold Project
  • Hi: Attached you will find comments and concerns from Snowshoe Lake Hunting and Fishing, whom is Outfitting business located in the area near the Valentine Lake Gold Project.  If any questions, please feel free to contact me anytime. Regards, SNOWSHOE LAKE HUNTING AND FISHING   Ron Hicks 41 Bouzane Street Grand Falls-Windsor, NL  A2A 2W7 1-709-489-3017
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  • December 23, 2020 Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Environment Assessment Division Dept. of Environment, Climate change and municipalities West Block, Confederation Building P.O. Box 8700 St. John’s, NL A1B 4J6 EAprojectcomments@gov.nl.ca Iaac.valentine.aeic@canada.ca RE: Marathon Gold Valentine Lake EIS Submission concerns To Whom It May Concern: February 2021 Snowshoe Lake Hunting and Fishing will be celebrating 28 years of successful business within the Outfitting Industry; an industry that has a long history in Newfoundland dating back to the 1800’s and is the oldest form of tourism in Newfoundland and Labrador. Our primary activities is providing quality hunting and angling experiences to clientele worldwide. Within the tourism industry, the outfitting industry has the greatest yield and year over year inject brand new non recycled monies into the Newfoundland and Labrador economy, especially in rural ...

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Attachment Administrator on behalf of MiningWatch Canada

2020-12-23 0:00
  • Reference Number 31
  • Commented On Participation Notice: Public Notice - Public Comments Invited on a Summary of the Environmental Impact Statement
  • Comments on Valentine Gold Project - IAAC registry no. 80169, NLDECCM registration no. 2015
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  • December 23, 2020 Valentine Gold Project Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency 301-10 Barters Hill St. John’s, NL A1C 6M1 Telephone (709) 725-2725 CEAA.Valentine.ACEE@canada.ca Eric Watton, M.Sc. Project EA Committee Chair Environmental Assessment Division Department of Environment, Climate Change and Municipalities Fourth Floor, West Block, Confederation Building P.O. Box 8700, St. John’s, NL A1B 4J6 EAProjectComments@gov.nl.ca Re: Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Valentine Gold Project in Newfoundland – IAAC registry number 80169, NLDECCM registration number 2015 About MiningWatch Canada: MiningWatch Canada is a non-governmental organization (NGO) created in 1999 as a co-ordinated public interest response to the threats to public health, water and air quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and community interests posed by irresponsible mineral policies and practices in Canada and around the world. We are ...
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  • Valentine Gold Project EIS Comments J. Kuipers P.E., on behalf of MiningWatch Canada 22 December 2020 Introduction The following review comments have been developed on behalf of MiningWatch Canada for the proposed Valentine Gold Project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), IAAC registry number 80169, NLDECCM registration number 2015. These comments are based on my professional training and experience. I have an extensive background with more than 37 years involvement in mining metals and minerals including in the full-life cycle of exploration, project development, project permitting, construction, operations, reclamation, and closure. I graduated in 1983 with a B.S. in Mineral Processing from Montana School of Mines. In addition to growing up in a mining family and gaining practical experience prior to entering university, I have worked as a senior engineer, chief metallurgist, mill superintendent, mine manager, project manager, and consulting engineer. ...

Attachment Administrator on behalf of Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Newfoundland and Labrador

2020-12-18 0:00
  • Reference Number 30
  • Commented On Participation Notice: Public Notice - Public Comments Invited on a Summary of the Environmental Impact Statement
  • CPAWS NL Review of Marathon Gold Valentine Lake
  • Good Day Please find attached 2 documents in regards to the proposed Valentine Lake Gold Mine. As an environmental non for profit charitable organization in the province, we have concerns in regard to the impact this project may have on wildlife, especially caribou.  In May 2019, the NL provincial wildlife division recommended against the mine because of concerns that the mine development would negatively impact several caribou herds that use this area as a migration corridor. CPAWS NL  has sought experts (  Dr. B. Kopach, MSES Inc) to review the caribou assessment ( attached), which points out several aspects that are inadequate. We have also observed other environmental concerns and have identified them in an additional document ( attached) and seek clarification and additional information to be publically provided.   Therefore, we recommend that this mine development not be ...
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  • MITIGATION MEASURES/PRACTICES OBSERVATIONS • The documents uses a widespread use of vague terminology when describing the proposed mitigation measures. There is no quantification of how effective the measures will be, and there is no contingency plan in case a proposed mitigation measure fails to deliver the expected outcome. The comments below focus on the Environmental Impact Statement section reporting on the proposed mitigation measures for Caribou (Section 7.8.2.2, Table 7.7, pages 7.50, 7.51, and 7.52.). However, the issue highlighted above is recurrent throughout the EIS. • The proponent indicates a total of 30 mitigation measures to reduce negative impacts on Caribou. Of these, approximately 1/3 contain vague terms such as “to the extent practicable”, “where feasible”, “limited to that which is necessary”, “proper handling and storage”. • For example, when the proponent states “Vehicles and heavy equipment will be maintained in ...
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  • 1 Memo To: Suzanne Dooley, CPAWS NL Simone Cominelli, CPAWS NL File no: 2058 From: Brian Kopach ( ) cc: Abbie Stewart Tel: Date: December 18, 2020 Subject: Review of the Woodland Caribou Assessment in the Valentine Gold Mine Environmental Impact Statement Executive Summary Key findings of the caribou assessment review include: • Quantitative analysis of caribou habitat preferences, connectivity, and fragmentation are currently missing from the assessment. This information would further our understanding of predicted impacts of the proposed project, such as potentially severing the migration corridor for the Buchans caribou herd. • Impacts of indirect habitat loss are underestimated because the size of the LAA is defined using a buffer around the development that is smaller than observed response distances of caribou to industrial developments in the region and across Canada. • ...

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Attachment Administrator on behalf of Newfoundland and Labrador Outfitters Association

2020-12-18 0:00
  • Reference Number 29
  • Commented On Participation Notice: Public Notice - Public Comments Invited on a Summary of the Environmental Impact Statement
  • NLOA Valentine Lake EIS Submission
  • Good Morning Everyone,   Please find attached the NLOA’s submission for the Marathon Gold Valentine Lake EIS.   The NLOA felt a great deal of support for our industry and outfitters from Marathon Gold up to a week ago. That has since changed a little when we found out that the work they were doing with the one Outfitter seriously impacted to date has almost ceased. They began work with Notch Mountain Outfitters a few years back because they knew right from the start, his Valentine Lake operation would have to close as it was less than 4kms from the project site. The outfitter lost that portion of his business, has lost a lot of money since, and will lose hundreds of thousands of dollars over the life of the mining project. Marathon Gold were working closely with him in terms of a compensation package but recently hadn’t responded to any of his attempts to contact them for a period of more 2 months. ...
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  • December 18, 2020 Cory Foster, Executive Director Newfoundland and Labrador Outfitters Association Good Morning, As you are aware, the Newfoundland and Labrador Outfitters Association (NLOA) is the provincial non-profit outfitting industry association. We currently represent 118 outfitting businesses located all throughout NL and advocate on their behalf to ensure that our industry continues to move forward in a positive successful manner. I am sure by now that you have received submissions from some outfitters who are deeply concerned with the proposed Valentine Lake Gold Mine. Most of our outfitters in Central are remotely located and offer some of the best wilderness hunting in Newfoundland because of their location. They offer premium products/services at premium prices and can do so because of their remoteness and the animals available to them in these remote areas. These outfitters are located from less then 4kms to 50+kms away from the project site, they ...

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Attachment Administrator on behalf of Environment and Climate Change Canada

2020-12-11 0:00
  • Reference Number 38
  • Valentine Gold EIS Technical Review Request
  • Please see the attached submission.
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  • 2020 GUIDELINES FOR EFFECTIVE WILDLIFE RESPONSE PLANS Cat. No.: xxx ISBN: xxx Unless otherwise specified, you may not reproduce materials in this publication, in whole or in part, for the purposes of commercial redistribution without prior written permission from Environment and Climate Change Canada's copyright administrator. To obtain permission to reproduce Government of Canada materials for commercial purposes, apply for Crown Copyright Clearance by contacting: Environment and Climate Change Canada Public Inquiries Centre 7th Floor, Fontaine Building 200 Sacré-Coeur Boulevard Gatineau QC K1A 0H3 Telephone: 819-997-2800 Toll Free: 1-800-668-6767 (in Canada only) Email: ec.enviroinfo.ec@canada.ca Cover photo: © GettyImages.ca Inside photos: © Environment and Climate Change Canada © Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 2017 Aussi disponible ...
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  • Environment International 33 (2007) 974–984 www.elsevier.com/locate/envint Review article A critical review of the effects of gold cyanide-bearing tailings solutions on wildlife D.B. Donato a, O. Nichols b, H. Possingham c, M. Moore a, P.F. Ricci d, B.N. Noller a,⁎ a National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology (EnTox), University of Queensland, 39 Kessels Road Coopers Plains 4108, Australia b Australian Centre for Minerals Extension and Research (ACMER), PO Box 883 Kenmore QLD 4069, Australia c Departments of Zoology and Entomology, and Mathematics, University of Queensland, National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology (EnTox), University of Queensland, 39 Kessels Road Coopers Plains 4108, Australia d University of Queensland and University of San Francisco, CA 947117, United States Received 13 August 2006; accepted 17 April 2007 Available online 30 May 2007 Abstract Wildlife deaths associated with cyanide-bearing mine waste solutions have plagued the gold ...
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  • Annexes – Page 1/47 ANNEX 1: Advice to the Agency Table 1: Please use the table below to provide advice for the Agency’s consideration in its recommendation to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and preparation of draft conditions Questions Responses/Comments  Has the proponent described all project components and activities in sufficient detail to understand all relevant project-environment interactions? If not, identify what additional information is needed. Yes.  Were the study areas sufficient to predict potential effects from all relevant project- environment interactions, and to consider the effects within a local and regional context?  Is the baseline information sufficient to characterize the existing environment, predict potential effects and obtain monitoring objectives? If not, identify what additional information is needed. Yes, the local and regional assessment areas are sufficient. Alternatives Assessment  Has the ...
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  • TECHNICAL GUIDANCE AND PROTOCOLS FOR MIGRATORY BIRD SURVEYS FOR EMERGENCY RESPONSE Environment and Climate Change Canada, Canadian Wildlife Service DRAFT 13 March 2020 Canadian Wildlife Service Technical Report Series Number DRAFT – 13 March 2020 CANADIAN WILDLIFE SERVICE TECHNICAL REPORT SERIES This series of reports, introduced in 1986, contains technical and scientific information on Canadian Wildlife Service projects. The reports are intended to make available material that is either of interest to a limited audience or is too extensive to be accommodated in scientific journals or in existing CWS series. Demand for the Technical Reports is usually limited to specialists in the fields concerned. Consequently, they are produced regionally and in small quantities. They are numbered according to a national system but can be obtained only from the address given on the back of the title page. The ...
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  • Rev Environ Contam Toxicol 183:21-54 © Springer-Verlag 2004 Cyanide Hazards to Plants and Animals from Gold Mining and Related Water Issues Ronald Eisler and Stanley N. Wiemeyer Contents I. Introduction ........................................................................................................ 21 II. History of Cyanide Use in Gold Mining .......................................................... 22 III. Cyanide Hazards .............................................................................. , ........... ...... 28 A. Aquatic Ecosystems ................................................... , ............. ,. ... ........ ... ..... 28 B. Birds .............................................................................................................. 32 C. Mammals ........................... , ... .......... ...... ... .... ...... ...... ....... ..... ... ... ..... ...... ... ..... 35 D. Terrestrial Flora ...
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  • 2020 GUIDELINES FOR THE CAPTURE, TRANSPORT, CLEANING, AND REHABILITATION OF OILED WILDLIFE Cat. No.: xxx ISBN: xxx Unless otherwise specified, you may not reproduce materials in this publication, in whole or in part, for the purposes of commercial redistribution without prior written permission from Environment and Climate Change Canada's copyright administrator. To obtain permission to reproduce Government of Canada materials for commercial purposes, apply for Crown Copyright Clearance by contacting: Environment and Climate Change Canada Public Inquiries Centre 7th Floor, Fontaine Building 200 Sacré-Coeur Boulevard Gatineau QC K1A 0H3 Telephone: 819-997-2800 Toll Free: 1-800-668-6767 (in Canada only) Email: ec.enviroinfo.ec@canada.ca Cover photo: © GettyImages.ca Inside photos: © Environment and Climate Change Canada © Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by the Minister of Environment and ...

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Attachment Administrator on behalf of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

2020-12-8 0:00
  • Reference Number 39
  • Valentine Gold EIS Technical Review Request
  • Please see the attached submission.
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  • P.O. Box 5667 St. John’s, NL A1C 5X1 Your file Votre référence December 7, 2020 Our file Notre référence 15-HNFL-00541 Mr. Brent Keeping Project Manager Impact Assessment Agency, Atlantic Region 10 Barters Hill St. John’s, NL A1C 6M1 Dear Mr. Keeping: Re: Technical Review – Valentine Gold Project Environmental Impact Statement I am writing further to your November 3, 2020 correspondence requesting technical review of the above noted Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to ensure it is scientifically and technically accurate, to confirm that the proponents’ conclusions are supported by a defensible rationale, and to identify any areas that require clarification or additional work in relation to the assessment of environmental effects as defined in section 5 of CEAA 2012. The EIS generally meets our expectations with respect to the descriptions of fish, fish habitat as well as ...
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  • Annexes – Page 1/10 ANNEX 1: Advice to the Agency Table 1: Please use the table below to provide advice for the Agency’s consideration in its recommendation to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and preparation of draft conditions Questions Responses/Comments  Has the proponent described all project components and activities in sufficient detail to understand all relevant project-environment interactions? If not, identify what additional information is needed. Yes. The proponent has put forward an extremely thorough and complete document which clearly describes all project components and activities which has provided a meaningful understanding of the relevant project /environment interactions.  Were the study areas sufficient to predict potential effects from all relevant project- environment interactions, and to consider the effects within a local and regional context?  Is the baseline information sufficient to characterize the existing ...

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