Government of Canada Approves Baffinland Mary River Project

Government of Canada Approves Baffinland Mary River Project 
OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 12/03/12 -- The Honourable John
Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and
the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, Minister of the
Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the
Arctic Council, announced today approval of the Baffinland Mary River
Project based on the recommendation of the Nunavut Impact Review
Board.  
The project now moves into the project certificate phase, led by the
Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB). 
The Mary River project is owned and operated by Baffinland Iron Mines
Corporation, which is jointly owned by ArcelorMittal and Iron Ore
Holdings L.P. The project is situated on north Baffin Island, 160
kilometres south of Pond Inlet, Nunavut.  
The project proposal involves conventional open-pit mining of iron
ore at a rate of 18 million tonnes per year over a projected 21-year
lifespan, and the construction of a road, a railway, a deep-water
port and mine site infrastructure.  
The project was approved by the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and
Northern Development, with concurrence from responsible Ministers for
this project, including the Ministers of Environment, Fisheries and
Oceans, Natural Resources and Transport Canada. 
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Contacts:
Minister's Office
Jan O'Driscoll
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable John Duncan
819-997-0002 
Media Relations
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
819-953-1160
 
 
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