Canadian Zinc receives first operating permit for Prairie Creek mine -
By: Idéle Esterhuizen
28th January 2013
JOHANNESURG (miningweekly.com) – The Mackenzie Valley Land and Water board has issued Canadian Zinc Corporation a land-use permit for the establishment and operation of the winter road that would service the Prairie Creek zinc/lead/silver mine.
The land-use permit was issued for a period of five years, starting January 10, and permitted the construction, maintenance, operation and use of the winter road connecting the Prairie Creek mine to the Liard highway. The permit allowed the outbound transportation of the zinc and lead concentrates to be produced at the mine and the inbound transportation of fuel and other supplies.
The permit also incorporated realignment of the original route, which would improve access and further reduce the potential environmental impact.
The board further issued Canadian Zinc a Type B water licence that was also valid for a period of seven years starting January 10 and which permitted the limited use of water and the disposal of waste for road construction, maintenance and operational activities.
Canadian Zinc indicated that the new permits upgraded the use and permitted activities in support of the operation of the Prairie Creek mine, which would enable the start of initial construction work on the road prior to the finalisation and issue of the main mine operating permits and Class A water licence in the final permitting stages.
Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn http://www.miningweekly.com/article/canadian-zinc-receives-first-operating-permit-for-prairie-creek-mine-2013-01-28 http://www.canadianzinc.com