New Gold Mine in the works in Nova Scotia
A new gold mine is in the works in Nova Scotia. Toronto-based Anaconda Mining Inc. plans on producing an open-pit and underground mine near Goldboro, Nova Scotia which would operate for nine years beginning in 2020.
The proposed Goldboro project was recently submitted for environmental approval. With plans to start a 125-hectare surface and underground mine just outside Goldboro, Nova Scotia approximately 250 kilometers east of Halifax, the construction would begin in 2020 and production would wind up in 2029. The operation would begin as an open-put mine and then within 3 years became an underground mine. Anaconda plans to extract approximately 575 tonnes of ore per day.
In past, 1,700 kilograms of gold had already been extracted from the same area between 1893 to 1910. Historically, mercury had been used at the time to extract the gold from ore, and the tailings used to be dumped in streams and wetlands nearby. Many samples from the area continue to show elevated levels of arsenic, mercury and iron. However, Anaconda does not plan to disturb any of the historic tailings areas. Waste rock (rock that is removed from a site but not crushed for gold) will be stockpiled near the mine, and any runoff will be diverted to a sediment pond before it reaches nearby Gold Brook Lake.
The company ensures that any tailings at Goldboro would be deposited in ponds, where solids would settle to the bottom, and the water would be recycled for milling. While the company does state that one potential impact on the environment due to the opening on the mine would be the loss of wetlands, once the mine stops operating, the open put will be turned into a lake and the waste rock piles will be covered with topsoil and vegetation.
When Anaconda is finished working in Goldboro, the area will be in better environmental condition than it is right now. That is our commitment.
– Anaconda Mining Inc.
It’s expected that the new project will bring significant economic stimulus to the area, including up to 200 jobs.
The proposal is one of many gold mines under development in the province. Atlantic Gold Corporation began commercial production at Touquoy mine in Moose River Gold Mines in March, and environmental assessments are underway for two other Atlantic Gold proposals in the area. As for Anaconda Mining Inc’s Goldboro project, the environment minister will have until September 20th, 2018 to decide whether to approve the project.