CORNER BROOK Thomas Resources Inc. has launched a new website in an attempt to provide more information on the proposed drilling project in Corner Brook.
People can learn more about how the organization hopes to explore for garnet and kyanite in the Corner Brook Lake area by visiting www.thomasresourcesinc.ca.
The subsidiary company of Pennecon Group has proposed a mineral exploration program, which would involve the drilling of 21 holes in accordance with stringent regulations and guidelines.
The website was created to facilitate discussion and provide information, according to project manager, Rod Mercer.
“We have listened to concerns raised and want to ensure that the people of Corner Brook can access accurate information about the project and our organization, at their convenience,” Mercer stated in a press release.
“With this information at their fingertips, I believe that residents will have a better understanding of the proposed project and the steps TRI has taken to create an economic opportunity that has minimal environmental impact.”
Thomas Resources’ proposed low-impact exploration project has already exceeded regulatory requirements, according to the press release. Within the watershed, no activity is allowed within one kilometre of the intake, 75 metres from the main river channel, and 50 metres from Corner Brook Lake.
The nearest proposed drill site is seven kilometres from the intake, 1.5 kilometres from the main river, and approximately 400 metres from Corner Brook Lake. Other mitigation measures include using helicopters to minimize land disturbance, collecting ‘cuttings’ (rock chips) for proper disposal, and a commitment to re-vegetate any areas that do not grow back naturally.
“With this information at their fingertips, I believe that residents will have a better understanding of the proposed project and the steps TRI has taken to create an economic opportunity that has minimal environmental impact.” Rod Mercer, project manager
Much of the website focuses on information already in the public domain, which the company has provided over the past few months. However, the new site also highlights environmental commitments made to ensure no risk is posed to Corner Brook’s water supply if a viable deposit is identified.
One mitigation measure discussed on the new site is the potential modifications to the city’s intake pipe.
The designated protected water supply for the city is the Eastern Lakes Watershed and the Corner Brook Lake Watershed is not. These two watersheds flow into Corner Brook Stream, where the city's water intake pipe is located. As a result, the city receives water from both the Eastern Lakes Watershed (the protected water supply) and the Corner Brook Lake Watershed. These two watersheds combined can serve the normal water requirements for a city many times larger than Corner Brook, stated the press release.
If Thomas Resources is successful in determining that a viable deposit is present in the area, a very reasonable mitigation for ensuring no affect to the water supply would be to separate the Eastern Lakes Watershed from the Corner Brook Lake Watershed by modifying the intake pipe, stated Mercer.