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Goliath Gold Project Gets Federal EA Approval to Proceed

Aug 21, 2019

Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, gave approval for the Goliath Gold Project near Dryden, Ontario to proceed with 144 legally binding conditions that must be complied with during the life of the project.
 
The decision was made following a thorough and science-based environmental assessment process concluding that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects when mitigation measures are taken into account. 
 
The proponent, Treasury Metals Inc., can now proceed with obtaining  additional authorizations and permits from federal departments.
 
The project consists of the construction, operation, decommissioning, and abandonment of an open-pit and underground gold mine and associated infrastructure located 20 kilometres east of the City of Dryden, Ontario. 
 
The proposed project could create up to 450 jobs during construction and 250 jobs during operations over the life of the project, according to figures provided by the proponent.
 
The Minister's Decision Statement establishes 144 legally-binding conditions the proponent must comply with throughout the life of the project. 
 
"These conditions include measures to protect human health, fish and fish habitat, migratory birds, the use of lands and resources by Indigenous peoples, physical and cultural heritage, and species at risk, " said Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change.
 
In grant environmental approval, McKenna declared the Goliath Gold Project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects when mitigation measures contained in the 144 conditions are taken into account.
 
In making her decision, the Minister considered the Environmental Assessment Report and comments received from the public and Indigenous groups.
 
The Government's Interim Approach and Principles for environmental assessments ensures that project decisions are informed by meaningful consultations with Indigenous peoples, public input and scientific evidence, including Indigenous knowledge, and an assessment of greenhouse gas emissions.
 
The 144 conditions Treasury Metals Inc. must adhere to are designed to protect human health, fish and fish habitat, migratory birds, the use of lands and resources by Indigenous peoples, physical and cultural heritage and species at risk, and includes mitigation measures and requirements for a follow-up program that the proponent must comply with.
 
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