New iron mine proposed for western Labrador

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Final guidelines issued for Maritime Transmission Link

Environment and Conservation Minister Terry French. — Telegram file photo

Labec Century Iron Ore is proposing to develop an iron mine in western Labrador about 20 kilometres northeast of the Town of Schefferville, Que..

The proposed Joyce Lake Direct Shipping Iron Ore Project is proposed to be situated entirely within Labrador and produce up to four million metric tonnes of product per year, according to information released by Environment and Conservation Minister Terry French.

The minister announced Monday that an undertaking has been registered for the project under the province’s Environmental Protection Act.

The first three years of operation will focus on production of direct shipping ore (DSO) which has a high iron content, with stockpiling of lower grade ore that would be beneficiated to bring it up to the desired commercial grade.

The ore will be transported to the existing railway owned by Tshiuetin Rail Transportation Inc. for transportation to the Port of Sept-Iles.

Components of the mine and mine infrastructure include: an open pit, waste rock disposal, tailings management, processing and support infrastructure, access and haulage roads and a rail loop. The project is scheduled to start construction in 2014 and operations are projected to be completed by 2022 followed by the decommissioning and rehabilitation phases.

 The undertaking was registered Monday. The deadline for public comments is Nov. 19 and the minister’s decision is due by Nov. 24, 2012.

 The minister, meanwhile, has also issued the final guidelines for the environmental assessment (EA) report for the Maritime Transmission Link, proposed by ENL Maritime Link Inc.

French said the guidelines were developed co-operatively between the Governments of Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia. The EA report will be used to meet the requirements of a federal screening report, Nova Scotia registration document and Newfoundland and Labrador environmental preview report .

The proponent is now required to prepare the EA report and submit the document for review by the assessment committee and the public.  The guidelines are available and may be accessed on the department’s website at or by contacting the co-chairman of the assessment committee, Milton Crewe at 709-637-2375 or e-mail:

Further information on the environmental assessment process can be obtained by contacting the director of environmental assessment at 709-729-4211, toll-free: 1-800-563-6181 or by mail to: Director, Environmental Assessment Division, Department of Environment and Conservation, West Block, Confederation Building, P.O. Box 8700, St. John's, NL A1B 4J6.

 Environmental assessment information is also on the department website at


Organizations: EA, Iron Ore, Tshiuetin Rail Transportation Environmental Assessment Division Department of Environment and Conservation

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Labec Century Iron Ore, Schefferville, Que Nova Scotia Port of Sept-Iles Canada St. John's

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Recent comments

  • Brad
    October 16, 2012 - 09:49

    "Tailings management" is a fancy way of saying hiding in the nearset pond. So mine it and ship it how is this not mine it and ship it? Environment Protection act what a joke, what are they protecting besides the companies best interests? The companies come in and basically say this is what we are going to kill and the government approves it no matter what. We don't need any more toxic waste ponds in our beautiful province. Make them fill in their hole in the ground with their tailings.

  • mine it and ship it
    October 15, 2012 - 22:17

    ELI don't get upset, the're gonna ship the ore out, im sure they won't leave any "tailings mismanagement".

  • derek
    October 15, 2012 - 19:45

    Funny story.....Terrry French couldn't spell 'environment' in high school and now he is minister......what a joke?

  • concerned
    October 15, 2012 - 17:14

    Hope they don't expect us to pay for it.

  • Eli
    October 15, 2012 - 15:34

    Don't you get nervous when you see a reference to "tailings management"? You should.