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Baffinland hearing to resume in new year


The Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) will reconvene an in‐person public hearing on Baffinland Iron Mines Corp.’s railway‐based expansion of the Mary River, starting the week of January 25 through to February 6.
In its expansion plan, Baffinland proposes a 110‐kilometre railway between Mary River and
Milne Inlet, up to 176 ship transits per year and annual production of up to 12 million tonnes of ore.

Many community leaders in North Baffin, especially in Pond Inlet, along with the World Wildlife Fund Canada and Oceans North, still aren’t satisfied with Baffinland’s proposals. The Mittimatalik Hunters and Trappers Organization in Pond Inlet does not support the expansion project.
The in‐person public meeting will be in Pond Inlet and will include a video link.

After the public hearing, the NIRB will prepare a report for the federal minister of northern af‐ fairs that will recommend if the project should go ahead, with a list of proposed terms and conditions for inclusion in a project certificate.