YELLOWKNIFE (May 20, 2016) – Minister of Lands Robert C. McLeod announced today that, he with the concurrence of the other four responsible Territorial and Federal ministers, has accepted the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board's Report of Environmental Assessment for the Jay Pipe expansion. Dominion Diamond Ekati Corporation can now proceed to the regulatory permitting phase with the Project.
The environmental assessment and the responsible ministers’ decision took into consideration the concerns of residents and the need to protect the land, wildlife and water for future generations while ensuring economic prosperity.
The responsible ministers concluded that all points raised relating to potential adverse impacts from the proposed Jay Project on asserted or established Aboriginal and/or treaty rights have been fully consulted on and will be accommodated, as appropriate, through:
“This is the first joint territorial – federal environmental assessment decision since devolution. After a robust review of the Review Board’s Report of Environmental Assessment and Reasons for Decision, we achieved consensus between all five responsible ministers in three months. This demonstrates our continued commitment to improve coordination and effectiveness in resource management systems, while recognizing traditional knowledge, land claims agreements, and devolution.”
- Robert C. McLeod, Minister of Lands
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