NunatuKavut signs agreement with Alderon

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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The NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) has signed a partnership agreement with Alderon Iron Ore, with the aboriginal group agreeing to not try to shut the project down.

The agreement details interaction between the company and the aboriginal group as Kami moves forward.

“Respectful relationships can be developed between aboriginal peoples and industry, it just takes understanding, respect and a willingness to do so,” stated NCC president Todd Russell, in a joint release issued Tuesday with the company.

“Alderon acknowledges the importance of building relationships, based on mutual trust and respect, with those aboriginal groups whose traditional territories or asserted or recognized legal rights are within or proximate to the Kami Project,” stated Alderon executive chairman Mark Morabito.

Environmental reviews: help wanted

The NunatuKavut Community Council is looking into a pile of proposed developments, access roads and mining exploration projects in Labrador.

This is on top of the “ongoing saga” of Muskrat Falls, NunatuKavut’s manager of natural resources and environment, George Russell, told The Telegram this week.

In response, the council is in the process of hiring an environmental assessment co-ordinator, to ask questions and provide information to its members.

Back to NORMs

The provincial Department of Environment says a proposal to build a facility for decontamination and temporary storage of naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) picked up offshore has been withdrawn.

NORMs can be picked up during offshore drilling in tubulars, stored until they can be delivered to an accredited decontamination facility.

As The Telegram has reported, there was strong objection to the proposed project indicated by Mount Pearl city council, in a meeting in mid-May. NDP MHA George Murphy had also expressed concerns about the proposed facility.

No reason has to be given for withdrawal of a project from environmental assessment.

A gathering of foresters

The Canadian Institute of Forestry will be holding its annual general meeting and conference from Sept. 15-18.

While associated events will take conference-goers to locations around the island and in Labrador, the event will be based in Corner Brook.

The conference is themed “Uncharted Waters Revisited” and will include sessions on forest management, wood pellet technology, marketing and engineered wood products, among other topics.

Groundwater extraction project

The Canadian Environmental Asse-ssment Agency (CEAA) is inviting comments from the public on a proposed groundwater extraction project in an area just North of Labrador City-Wabush.

Specifically, the CEAA will be deciding whether or not a federal environmental assessment will be completed for the project.

The project would include construction of a groundwater extraction facility and is being proposed by the Iron Ore Co. of Canada, to help create a new open pit mine site near Labrador City.

Comments are due into the federal regulator by July 11.

The Natural Resources Notebook

is compiled by reporter Ashley Fitzpatrick.

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Organizations: NCC, The Telegram, The NunatuKavut Community Council Department of Environment Canadian Institute of Forestry Labrador City Iron Ore Co. of Canada

Geographic location: Alderon Iron Ore, Labrador

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