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White Rock Quartz/Kaolin and Mica Mine

Project Status

On February 28, 2002, Black Bull Resources Inc. withdrewn their environmental assessment registration of the proposed White Rock Mine Project. The withdraw of the registration removes the requirement to circulate the proposed Terms of Reference for review.

Description

On October 26, 2001 Black Bull Resources Inc. submitted an Environmental Assessment Registration Document for the proposed development and operation of the White Rock quartz, kaolin and mica mine near Flintstone Rock, Yarmouth County.

The purpose of the proposed undertaking is to develop a surface mine for the extraction and processing of quartz, kaolin and mica. The mine would commence production of quartz products in spring, 2002 with kaolin and mica production following in 2004. The estimated life of the mine for the area proposed is 25 years.

On November 19, 2001, the Honorable David Morse released his decision concerning this review.

The Minister decided that the registration information was insufficient to allow him to make a decision and that additional information is required in accordance with Section 13 (1)(a) of the Environmental Assessment Regulations. Further information is required on any potential environmental effects to the Tobeatic Wilderness Areas, including but not limited to impacts from dust, noise, light, habitat alienation, water draw-down, and other edge-related effects and identify options and strategies to maximize impact avoidance, and where such impacts cannot be avoided, to identify appropriate mitigation and/or compensation. Further information is also required on activities at the proposed loading facilities and any potential environmental effects caused by the activities and proposed mitigation to address these effects.

On January 24, 2002, Black Bull Resources submitted the addendum to the environmental assessment registration.

On February 18, 2002, the Honorable David Morse released his decision concerning Back Bull Resources Inc.'s White Rock Mine near Flintstone Rock, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia.

The Minister has decided that the review of Black Bull Resources Incorporated's proposed White Rock Mine near Flintstone Rock, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia indicates that there may be adverse effects or significant environmental effects caused by the undertaking and an environmental assessment report is required.

On February 28, 2002, Black Bull Resources Inc. withdrewn their environmental assessment registration of the proposed White Rock Mine Project. The withdraw of the registration removes the requirement to circulate the proposed Terms of Reference for review.

Minister's Decision

On February 18, 2002, the Minister of Environment and Labour determined that the review of Black Bull Resources Incorporated’s proposed White Rock Mine near Flintstone Rock, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia indicates that there may be adverse effects or significant environmental effects caused by the undertaking and an environmental assessment report is required. An environmental assessment report requires the Environmental Assessment Administrator to publish a notice inviting the public to submit written comments for consideration in preparation of terms of reference for the environmental assessment report.

On February 28, 2002, Black Bull Resources Inc. withdrew their environmental assessment registration of the proposed White Rock Mine. The withdraw of the registration removes the requirement to circulate the proposed Terms of Reference for review.

Read a copy of the Minister's Decision (PDF: 10k). Hard copies of these documents are available at the Nova Scotia Environment Library.

Opportunities for Public Input

Public comments regarding this project were accepted from October 26, 2001 to February 18, 2002. Comments submitted on Registration Document are available at the Nova Scotia Environment Library.

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