Last month, North American lime producer Graymont entered into an agreement with the Lheidli T'enneh with respect to Graymont’s proposed new lime plant and quarry near Giscome, British Columbia.
A consultation process was initiated with the Lheidli T’enneh because the quarry operation and lime plant is set to be located on the traditional territory of Lheidli T’enneh. The agreement the two parties have reached includes provisions for economic benefits for the Lheideli T’enneh and recognises and addresses potential archaeological and environmental concerns along with other issues.
“Lheidli T’enneh is very pleased to have reached this agreement with Graymont,” said Lheidli T’enneh Chief Dominic Frederick. “Graymont has been very respectful and has taken our concerns and interests seriously. This represents a critical step for an initiative that we believe will have a positive and lasting impact on the community of Lheidli T’enneh and the region.”
“The Giscome Project is important to Graymont and we look forward to working with the Lheidli T'enneh in the years ahead,” said Stéphane Godin, Graymont’s President and CEO. “This mutually beneficial agreement cements an already strong relationship.” He added that the project “will complement Graymont’s current network of plants to reliably serve existing and new customers across Western Canada and the North.”
The agreement with the Lheidli T’enneh reflects Graymont’s commitment to world-class standards with respect to the environment and sustainability, and to making positive contributions to the communities where it operates.
The project will require approvals under the BC Environmental Assessment Act and from the Regional District. Graymont expects to finalise its initial consultations and complete the studies required by the Provincial Environmental Impact Assessment process by the end of this month. Assuming the receipt of all regulatory approvals in 2015, Graymont expects to start construction of the project in late 2015 and commence operations in 2017.
Adapted from press release by Katherine Guenioui
Read the article online at: https://www.worldcement.com/the-americas/14102014/graymont-makes-progress-with-new-lime-plant-and-quarry-in-bc-658/