Federal review panel for New Prosperity will begin public hearing July 22 in Williams Lake

The 30-day federal review panel hearing for New Prosperity Mine will begin in Williams Lake on July 22.

  • Jun. 20, 2013 5:00 p.m.

The Federal Review Panel for the proposed New Prosperity Gold-Copper Mine project announced Thursday that the environmental impact statement (EIS) along with the additional information submitted by the proponent contain sufficient information to proceed to the public hearing.

The public hearing will begin in Williams Lake on July 22 and will be completed within approximately 30 days.

All public hearing sessions are open to members of the public wishing to observe the proceedings. The primary purpose of the hearing is for the panel to receive the information it requires to complete its assessment of the environmental effects of the project.  The Panel will hold public hearing sessions as follows.

General hearing sessions will provide an opportunity for registered interested parties and the public to present their overall views on the project and its potential environmental effects. The general sessions will be held in Williams Lake starting on July 22, 2013.

Applications to register Topic-Specific hearing sessions will allow interested parties and experts who possess specialized knowledge to present technical information relevant to the environmental assessment of the project.

Topic-Specific sessions will be held on topics such as: geology and hydrogeology, aquatic environment, terrestrial environment and human environment. These sessions will be held in Williams Lake, starting July 26.

Community hearing sessions will be held in selected Aboriginal communities to allow community members to express to the panel their views and present information and issues of importance to them in an informal setting.

These sessions are expected to take place in Xeni Gwet’in, Tsi Del Del (Alexis Creek Band), Yunesit’in (Stone Band), Tl’esqox (Toosey Band), Tl’etinqox (Anaham Band), Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation (Canoe Creek Band) and Esketemc (Alkali Lake Band), starting August 6, 2013.

A closing remarks session will be held for interested parties to summarize their overall conclusions to the Panel.  This session will be held in Williams Lake, starting the week of August 19.

The panel will conduct the hearing in accordance with the public hearing procedures, issued in February 2013, which provide an outline of how the various hearing sessions will unfold and how the public may participate.

For the general and community sessions, participants may make an oral presentation or file a written submission or both make an oral presentation and file a written submission. At the topic-specific sessions, oral presentations must be accompanied by a written submission.

Participants who wish to make an oral presentation to the panel at any of the hearing sessions are asked to register and file any written submissions with the panel secretariat at least seven days in advance of the day on which they plan to present. Registration dates are as follows:

General hearing sessions will begin July 22. People can register and file submissions as of July 15.

Topic specific hearings will begin July 26. People can register and file submissions as of July 19.

Community hearing sessions will begin Aug. 6. The date to register and file submissions is as of July 30.

Closing remarks session will begin the week of Aug. 19, the date to register and file submissions has yet ot be determined.

The Panel will soon provide further details on the hearing schedule, including exact dates, times and locations.

To register, file a submission for the hearing sessions and schedule a presentation, contact.

Livain Michaud, Panel Manager

New Prosperity Gold-Copper Mine Project – Federal Review Panel

160 Elgin Street, 22nd Floor, Ottawa ON K1A 0H3

Tel.: 613-948-1359 / 1-866-582-1884




Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Forty-seven vaccination clinics will open across Interior Health beginning March 15. (Canadian Press)
48 COVID-19 vaccine clinics to open across Interior Health

Select groups can book appointments starting Monday

Celebrate women in leadership, March 8, International Women’s Day 2021 (Unsplash)
EDITORIAL: International Women’s Day 2021 shines spotlight on achievements, ongoing inequities

COVID-19 increased gender-based violence, economic stress, the burden of care giving for women

Sierra William (left) with her grandmother Eileen William. (Roger William photo)

Xeni Gwet’in woman finds strength in tradition

Cynthia English (Photo submitted)
INTERNATIONL WOMEN’S DAY 2021: Cynthia English

Cynthia English, 30, has been working in the logging industry for several years

Kristy Alphonse Palmantier was crowned Williams Lake Stampede Queen in 1981. She has four children (Jody Palmantier, Davee Palmantier, Julie Doerfling and Sky Moses) as well as four grandchildren including Ace, Chance, Xidi and Ryder who was born last month. Alphonse Palmantier lives in Sugar Cane and in her spare time loves to be out on the land and hunt and fish with her partner CraigHilker. (Kristy Palmantier Facebook photo)
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2021: Kristy Alphonse Palmantier

Roots run deep for Kristy Alphonse Palmantier

Elvira D’Angelo, 92, waits to receive her COVID-19 vaccination shot at a clinic in Montreal, Sunday, March 7, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
‘It’s been a good week’: Tam hopeful on vaccines as pandemic anniversary nears

Tam says the addition of two new vaccines will help Canadians get immunized faster

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Const. Allan Young. Photo: Abbotsford Police Department
Manslaughter charge laid in Nelson death of Abbotsford police officer

Allan Young died after an incident in downtown Nelson last summer

(The Canadian Press)
‘Worse than Sept. 11, SARS and financial crisis combined’: Tourism industry in crisis

Travel services saw the biggest drop in active businesses with 31 per cent fewer firms operating

Pictures and notes in from friends and classmates make up a memorial in support and memory of Aubrey Berry, 4, and her sister Chloe, 6, during a vigil held at Willows Beach in Oak Bay, B.C., on December 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Mother of slain daughters supports recent changes to Canada’s Divorce Act

Sarah Cotton-Elliott said she believed her children took a back seat to arranging equal parenting

Victoria man Brett Andersen is asking for people’s help to secure him one of eight free tickets to the moon. (Screenshot/@brettandersen Instagram)
Victoria man wants your help securing a free ticket to the moon

Japanese billionaire offering eight people a trip to the moon

The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)
Aquarium users in B.C. warned after invasive mussels found at pet store

Conservation officers were told the mussels were found in a moss ball from a Terrace pet store.

Hockey hall-of-fame legend Wayne Gretzky, right, watches the casket of his father, Walter Gretzky, as it is carried from the church during a funeral service in Brantford, Ont., Saturday, March 6, 2021. HE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky remembered as a man with a ‘heart of gold’ at funeral

The famous hockey father died Thursday at age 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease

Most Read