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NIRB releases summary of community information sessions in Kitikmeot
Western Nunavut residents say the’re concerned about tailings pond treatments, animal migration routes and jobs when it comes to the Doris North gold mining proposal, according to a Nunavut Impact Review Board summary of community meetings released Aug. 19.
The NIRB staff travelled to five communities in the Kitikmeot region between April 29 and May 2 for one-day public information sessions and to collect feedback, although the Gjoa Haven session was cancelled due to weather, and people in Kugaaruk didn’t submit any feedback.
In the other three communities — Kugluktuk, Cambridge Bay and Taloyoak — residents raised several concerns about TMAC Resources Inc.’s gold mine proposal, which includes plan to have cyanide-treated mine tailings sanitized and eventually discharged into Roberts Bay by way of overland pipes.
“Cyanide is a dangerous substance, how are you going to protect the water?” a Taloyoak resident asked.
“How will water pipelines affect migration routes of land animals?” a resident in Cambridge Bay asked.
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