RAPAPORT... Stornoway Diamond Corporation received a positive environmental assessment decision from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency for its Renard diamond project, clearing the way to commence construction. Operating permits can now be sought for site specific activities.
Matt Manson, Stornoway's president, said, "Today's announcement of the completion of major project permitting at Renard comes just 18 months after the filing of the project's environmental and social impact assessment. This is an extraordinary achievement by Stornoway's environmental and community engagement team, who have been aided throughout by the close cooperation and support of the Crees of Eeyou Itschee and the communities of Chibougamau and Chapais. With this latest milestone achieved, we look forward to the opening the Renard mine road later this year, which will make Renard the first fully-permitted diamond mining project in Canada with a permanent road."
The Renard project falls under the social and environmental protection regimes of both the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. Stornoway received its mining lease from the Quebec Ministere des Ressources naturelles in October 2012 and its Quebec Certificate of Authorization from the Quebec Ministere du Developpement Durable, de l'Environnement, de la Faune et des Parcs in December 2012.
In other news, Stornoway promoted M. Martin Boucher to the role of vice president of sustainable development.