First Mining Gold Corp. (TSX: FF) has submitted a Project Description for the Springpole Gold Project to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, and it was accepted. Acceptance initiates the comment period for the screening process to determine whether a federal Environmental Assessment (“EA”) is required for Springpole.
First Mining has already begun consultation efforts with local Indigenous communities within the Springpole area to support the EA process. These consultation efforts will be ongoing throughout the EA process, including consultation with local municipalities, government agencies, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders.
In parallel with the federal EA process, First Mining has also commenced discussions with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) for the purposes of entering into a Voluntary Agreement with the MOECC for Springpole and thus initiating an individual provincial EA under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. A decision from MOECC on this is expected soon, after which Terms of Reference (ToR) for the provincial EA will be prepared and submitted to MOECC for review.
The ToR determines the scope of the provincial EA and what alternatives must be assessed, as well as environmental aspects that could be impacted by the Project that the provincial EA must consider.