Giscome Lime Quarry Approved With Conditions
Prince George, B.C.- The proposed Giscome Quarry and Lime Plant project by Graymont Western Canada has been issued an Environmental Assessment Certificate by the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Mines, but there are 25 conditions attached to that approval.
The conditions include requirements that Graymont:
- hire an independent Environmental monitor to ensure Graymont is complying with the conditions set out in the Environmental Assessment certificate and abide by the greenhouse gas emissions cap, plus
- develop plans to monitor and mitigate any impacts on wildlife, fish and fish habitat and
- establish a Community Advisory committee that will receive information on how well Graymont is managing environmental impacts.
The Giscome project will still need approvals from federal, provincial and local governments before it can move forward.
“A lot of hard work went into the EA process,” said David Chamberlain, Giscome Project Manager. “We continue to work closely with the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation and the local community.” Graymont is now actively working on project permitting through the Major Mine Permitting Office.
Phase one of the project has a cost of between $80 and $90 million dollars, and a further $25 million for the second phase. The quarry is expected to produce up to 600 thousand tonnes of limestone per year and could possibly produce up to 1.7 million tonnes annually. The lifespan of the quarry is estimated to be at least 50 years.
The project is expected to create 40- 60 jobs during construction, and 20 permanent direct jobs when the quarry and plants are operational.