Draft EIS Submitted

Sabina submitted the Back River Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) and associated Water License Applications to the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) and the Nunavut Water Board (NWB) on Jan. 20, 2014.
This submission represents more than five years of work on the Back River Project, an advanced exploration gold project located in the western Kitikmeot region of Nunavut. The Project includes the Goose Property, the George Property, a Marine Laydown Area in southern Bathurst Inlet, and winter roads connecting the three sites.
Project Updates at a Glance

  • The Goose Property consists of the Goose Main, Llama, and Umwelt mineral deposits.
  • The George Property (located approximately 60 km to the northwest of Goose) consists of the Locale 1, LCP North, and Locale 2 mineral deposits.
  • Based on currently known resources, the Project has an estimated 10 year operating mine life.
  • Ore will be mined and trucked using conventional open pit and underground methods.
  • We’ll employ standard gravity and leach recovery processes at a mill located at the Goose Property.
  • Tailings from the mill will be deposited in a Tailings Impoundment Area in proximity to the mill.
  • The current plan accounts for an average production of 300,000 ounces of gold annually.

Next Steps

NIRB and NWB will complete a conformity review of our Draft EIS for Feb. 11. This review determines if the Draft EIS conforms to NIRB’s EIS Guidelines and NWB requirements for a Type A Water License.
Providing the Back River Project Draft EIS meets conformity, the submission will be formally accepted and a public notice will be issued regarding the start of the review period.

Draft EIS

The official Draft EIS documents can be found on the NIRB website. You can also find the Draft EIS and news release on this site.


If you have any questions about the Back River Project Draft EIS or you have any problems accessing the above links, email backriverproject@sabinagoldsilver.com.

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