of Commencement ToR
Notice of Commencement Terms of Reference - February 26,
Cone Mine PD
Jan 31 2012
Josephine Cone Mine Project Description - January 31,
of the ongoing commitment by the Bending Lake Iron Group
(BLIG) to provide updates and information with respect
to the Josephine Cone Mine Environmental Assessment process,
I am pleased to provide you with the following information.
Federal Environmental Assessment:
On December 13, 2011 a draft Project Description (PD)
for the Josephine Cone Mine was submitted to the Major
Projects Management Office (MPMO) office of the Canadian
Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA). Following the
submission of the draft PD it was reviewed by representatives
of CEAA. In early January BLIG received a comprehensive
list of items that were required to be addressed prior
to the PD being accepted by the MPMO. The BLIG team worked
diligently throughout January to complete the necessary
revisions, additions and clarifications.
On February 01, 2012 a revised PD for the Josephine Cone
Mine was submitted to MPMO by CEAA.
On behalf of BLIG I am very pleased to inform you that
the Josephine Cone Mine PD has been accepted by CEA and
the Federal Environmental Assessment process has formally
As a requirement of the PD submission, copies of the PD
were provided to the MPMO of CEA and are available on
the BLIG website.
CEAA is presently reviewing the PD and will be providing
a response to BLIG within the timelines set out in the
You will note from the PD that there is a tremendous amount
of information relating to community involvement during
the Josephine Cone Mine Environmental Assessment process.
On behalf of BLIG we are very pleased with the quality
of the PD and we look forward to meeting with you in the
future to continue the process of developing an appropriate
and acceptable Environmental Assessment.
Provincial Environment Assessment:
In order to commence the Provincial Environmental Assessment
process a Notice of Commencement of Terms of Reference
(ToR) must be filed in local papers. The purpose of this
notice is to make individuals and communities aware that
the Provincial EA process has commenced. Notices were
published in the following papers on February 26 &
28, 2012: Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal, Atikokan Progress,
Dryden Observer and Ignace Driftwood.
In preparing our draft ToR we have made extensive reference
to the Code of Practice, Preparing and Reviewing Terms
of Reference for Environmental Assessments in Ontario
(October 2009). We have also been very much assisted by
the Ontario Government document, Draft Guidelines for
Ministries on Consultation with Aboriginal Peoples Related
to Aboriginal Rights and Treaty Rights (June 2006).
BLIG has been working for many years to develop the Josephine
Cone Mine and the Environmental Assessment is a very important
step and a very exciting milestone for BLIG and the communities
that will be benefited by the development of the mine.
In keeping with the Provincial Environmental Assessment
process, draft Terms of Reference are being developed
by BLIG. It is our intention to provide the draft ToR
to the Provincial Government late in the month of March,
As always, BLIG remains committed to open dialogue with
all communities or individuals and I would welcome the
opportunity to speak directly with you in the event that
you would like to contact me. My e-mail address is
my telephone number is 705-541-8413 and my mailing address
is Bending Lake Iron Group Limited, 201 Hardisty Street,
Thunder Bay, ON, P7G 3G8.
I look forward to hearing from you and I remain,
Vice President Sustainable Development