Nunavut assessment board recommends in opposition to iron ore mine growth on Baffin Island

CAMBRIDGE BAY, Nunavut – The Nunavut Affect Evaluate Board is recommending the proposed growth of an iron ore mine on the northern tip of Baffin Island shouldn’t go forward.

Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. is in search of to increase its Mary River iron ore mine close to Pond Inlet by doubling its annual output from six to 12 million tonnes.

The mine, thought of one of many world’s richest iron deposits, opened in 2015 and ships about six million tonnes of ore a 12 months.

The mine says the growth would greater than double employment on the mine to greater than 1,000.

The assessment board mentioned Friday in a launch that there’s potential for the proposal to have vital and lasting damaging results on marine mammals, the marine setting, fish, caribou and different wildlife, vegetation and freshwater.

The board mentioned these damaging results might additionally influence Inuit harvesting, tradition, land use and meals safety.

“The Board has concluded that the proposal as assessed can’t be carried out in a fashion that can defend the ecosystemic integrity of the Nunavut Settlement Space and that can defend and promote the prevailing and future well-being of the residents and communities of the Nunavut Settlement Space, and Canada extra usually,” the board mentioned.

“Because of this, the board has advisable to the Minister that the Section 2 Growth Proposal as assessed shouldn’t be permitted to proceed right now.”

Federal Northern Affairs Minister Dan Vandal thanked the board for its work and mentioned the federal government will assessment the report and its suggestion.

“I might be taking time to assessment the report together with federal officers,” Vandal mentioned on Twitter. “A call might be taken following applicable due diligence and complete evaluation, together with whether or not the responsibility to seek the advice of has been met or not.”

The mine proposal has confronted opposition, together with from hunters and trappers in the neighborhood closest to the mine.

Inuit hunters mentioned they feared an growth of the mine might hasten the continuing decline of a narwhal inhabitants that they depend on for meals.

In a letter despatched final week to the board, the Mittimatalik Hunters and Trappers Group mentioned the mine is already harming their capacity to reap the essential meals supply.

This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Might 13, 2022.

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