IOC registers plan to develop a new open pit mine
LABRADOR CITY, NL — The Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) plans develop a new open pit mine as an extension to its existing operations in Labrador West.
IOC has been operating the Carol Project in Labrador West since the early 1960s, and the Sherwood North Pit — the project now registered for environmental assessment with the provincial government — is an extension of the existing Sherwood Pit, which is part of the Humphrey Main/West/Sherwood mining area.
The proposed Sherwood North Pit is situated within IOC’s existing mining lease and encompasses about 150 hectares of land.
Activities associated with the proposed project will involve vegetation/tree clearing, overburden removal and stockpiling, road construction, drilling and blasting, waste rock removal, diversion of surface and ground water and transporting ore to existing on-site facilities for processing. Contractors will be used for the initial pit development and IOC’s existing workforce, equipment and infrastructure will be used during the operations phase of the proposed project. The proposed open pit mining operations in the Sherwood North Pit will be carried out as per IOC’s existing mining practices.
The majority of overburden removed will be used to rehabilitate a historical waste rock pile located adjacently at Steven’s Lake. IOC will use ore mined from the Sherwood North Pit to maintain critical production levels until the new Wabush 3 Pit becomes fully operational.
The undertaking was registered Aug. 1 and the deadline for public comments is Sept. 7. The minister’s decision is due by Sept. 15.