Update: Yellowknife City Gold Project still waiting on water use permit

An aerial view of the Bluefish Hydrodam at the Yellowknife City Gold Project. (Supplied by TerraX/Gold Terra.)
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Update: Terra X has been granted a land use permit for its gold exploration site outside Yellowknife, however, a water use permit has not yet been granted by the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board.

According to a letter from the board to Terra X dated January 15th, 2019, Fisheries and Oceans Canada recommended more information be provided about the proposed water source and water volume from each source ‘in order to assess whether the project will result in serious harm.’

Terra X provided information in response January 25th, 2019.

The application for a type B water license, which would allow Terra X to use a maximum of 299 cubic metres per day, is still under review according to the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board website.

The company behind the Yellowknife City Gold Project has been granted a land use permit allowing it to do exploratory drilling anywhere on its property.

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President and CEO of Terra X David Suda says the new permit replaces two smaller permits it held and ‘provides for water usage required in exploration drilling.’ The permit, issued by the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board, is effective until January 2024 and covers all of the leases and claims the gold exploration company holds 10 kilometres outside of Yellowknife.

“This new land use permit is much better than the two previous permits that TerraX has worked under as it allows the company to drill anywhere on its 783 square kilometre property,” Suda says.

The company is planning a summer drilling program. Under the new permit, Suda says the company is allowed to drill up to 20,000 metres of core during the summer to fall season.

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