IOC reg­is­ters plan to de­velop a new open pit mine

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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