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Speak up on environmental assessment of proposed open pit

Federal assessment of Magino Mine project underway
Magino Mine site
Magino Mine site

The public is being invited to comment on a draft environmental assessment report for Argonaut Gold’s proposed Magino Mine project in northeastern Ontario.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) is conducting a federal environmental assessment of the proposed open-pit mine and processing mill, located 14 kilometres southeast of Dubreuilville and 40 kilometres northeast of Wawa. It’s next to Alamos’ Island Gold Mine.

The CEAA’s report contains conclusions and recommendations regarding the potential environmental effects of the project and their significance, the proposed mitigation measures, and the follow-up program. All comments must be submitted by Dec.2.

Mining would occur over 10 years with an ore production capacity of 45,200 tonnes per day. The on-site metal mill would have an ore input capacity of 35,000 tonnes per day and would operate for approximately 12 to 15 years.

The 2,200-hectare property is former underground mine that experienced sporadic production over the decades beginning after the First World War. 

Total historic production from the Magino property is 803,135 tonnes of ore yielding 114,319 ounces of gold at 4.43 grams per tonne. 

Argonaut acquired Prodigy Gold and the Magino property in December 2012.