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    Saskatchewan

    The following companies are performing uranium prospection and/or exploration in Saskatchewan: - sorry, too many to list here -

    Athabasca Basin Exploration Properties (Exploration GIS)

     

    Saskatchewan, General

    Dene Trappers blockade Northern Saskatchewan highway to protest against mineral and oil exploration

    A group of trappers say they've blockaded a highway in northeast Saskatchewan to fight for their livelihood and the environment. "They've had enough," said Candyce Paul, spokesperson for the Northern Trappers Alliance . "They're worried what will happen to their land and their way of life if these companies get established." The blockade of Highway 955 just north of La Loche began at 11 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 22). Approximately a dozen trappers have established a camp on the side of the road. They've pitched tents and accumulated supplies. They will remain there 24 hours a day until government and resource company officials "get the message," Paul said.
    She said government has allowed companies to take over pieces of land long used by trappers living traditionally. This includes the erection of fencing which now blocks traditional trap lines. Paul said she's seen the damage done to indigenous communities and the environment on trips to the "tarsands" regions of northern Alberta. She doesn't want northern Saskatchewan to suffer the same fate at the hands of oil and uranium companies. (The Starphoenix, Nov. 23, 2014)

     

    Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations chief demands revenue sharing deal with First Nations for new mining projects

    The provincial government should not issue any new permits for potash, uranium or other resource development until First Nations concerns are addressed, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde says.
    "We need to change how we do business with the province," Bellegarde told chiefs and delegates at the FSIN assembly on the Whitecap Dakota Nation south of Saskatoon this week. Bellegarde said the province's lack of a revenue sharing deal with First Nations stemmed from "economic racism." "Do not issue a licence to Cameco or Areva or BHP until indigenous issues are addressed," he said. (Saskatoon Star Phoenix June 7, 2013)

     

    Cameco/Areva deal with English River First Nation

    English River First Nation band members oppose Cameco/Areva deal: English River First Nation band members are reacting strongly to a collaboration agreement between the band and two uranium mining companies. The deal with Cameco and Areva was signed on Friday (May 31) and guarantees approximately $600 million in business contracts and employee wages over the next 10 years.
    Cheryl Maurice, a life-long resident of English River First Nation, and a group of band members are expressing concern about the agreement signing process. At the heart of the issue was a lack of a proper consultation leading up to the deal's ratification, she said. "I am speaking for a group of people who weren't aware that this agreement was being negotiated because there was no consultation process." (CJME June 4, 2013)

    English River First Nation signs deal with Cameco and Areva: Uranium giants Cameco and Areva have reached a $600 million deal with a Saskatchewan First Nation to support their mining operations and drop a lawsuit over land near the proposed Millennium project. The collaboration agreement is with the English River First Nation, a band of more than 1,000 people who live on reserves about 600 kilometres north of Saskatoon.
    The money is to flow to the First Nation over 10 years through contracts with band-owned businesses and wages to band members who would work at the mines and on community development projects. There would also be direct payments to the community for education, health, sports and recreation programs. The agreement, to be signed at a ceremony Friday (May 31), states the deal will be worth significantly more to the band if Cameco Corp.'s Millennium project goes ahead. The proposed underground mine, which still requires environmental approval, is estimated to contain more than 50 million pounds of uranium. (The Canadian Press May 30, 2013)

    English River First Nation to discuss deal with Cameco and Areva: A northern Saskatchewan First Nation is holding community meetings to discuss a proposed agreement with uranium producers Cameco and AREVA. The agreement could provide an estimated CDN$ 600 million in economic benefit to the English River First Nation over the next 10 years through industry employment, sustainable business development and community investment. (The Canadian Press May 23, 2013)

     

    Cameco/Areva deal with northern community of Pinehouse

    Lawsuit against Cameco/Areva deal with northern community of Pinehouse dismissed: A justice has thrown out a lawsuit attempting to nullify an agreement between the northern village of Pinehouse and uranium companies Cameco Corp. and Areva.
    Pinehouse and the Kineepik Metis Local signed a collaboration agreement in 2012 with uranium firms Cameco Corp. and Areva Resources Canada Inc. to provide residents with an estimated $200 million in jobs, cash payments and other economic benefits over 11 years.
    The plaintiffs, which include 40 individuals and groups, have said the deal is bad for the environment and bad for the community. In the claim, the plaintiffs alleged the agreement would harm "present and future citizens' rights to the use of the water for drinking, washing, fishing, agriculture and recreation." They said there was inadequate consultation and the community could not give informed consent.
    Justice Alison Rothery dismissed the suit and ordered each of the eight defendants named in the legal action are entitled to costs in the sum of $2,000. (StarPhoenix Sep. 10, 2014)

    Non-profit magazine sues to get information on uranium deal with Pinehouse (Saskatchewan): Editors from Briarpatch Magazine have been trying to get documents from the northern Village of Pinehouse on agreements it has with uranium mining companies Areva and Cameco. Pinehouse Mayor Mike Natomagan is named as the defendant on the statement of claim filed Tuesday (Jan. 28) in Court of Queen's Bench in Regina.
    The non-profit magazine filed a freedom of information request in April 2013, and Saskatchewan privacy commissioner Gary Dickson recommended that Natomagan provide the requested material.
    Valerie Zink, a plaintiff on the statement of claim and former Briarpatch editor said the village has not complied with the freedom of information request and that's why the magazine has filed the lawsuit. (The Canadian Press Jan. 29, 2014)
    > View Briarpatch Magazine release Jan. 27, 2014

    Legal action challenges Cameco/Areva deal with northern community of Pinehouse: The Northern Village of Pinehouse and uranium industry giants Cameco and Areva celebrated their December 2012 collaboration agreement, but Pinehouse residents and supporters from throughout Saskatchewan and beyond are taking legal action to have it annulled in court.
    On June 24, a statement of claim was filed in provincial court in Prince Albert on behalf of 42 plaintiffs who are challenging the legality of the agreement and the lack of consultation in Pinehouse, a primarily Métis community located 500 kilometres north of Saskatoon. (The Media Co-op June 25, 2013)

    Cameco and Areva sign revised deal with northern community of Pinehouse: On Dec. 12, 2012, Cameco and Areva signed a revised collaboration agreement with the northern community of Pinehouse. In exchange for their financial commitments, the companies still demand unequivocal support of the community for their existing operations (Rabbit Lake, McClean Lake, McArthur River, Key Lake, and Cigar Lake), proposed projects (in particular Millennium), and exploration projects in any official proceedings; the clause prohibiting any criticism from the community or its members was dropped, though.
    > Download Collaboration Agreement, Dec. 12, 2012 (1.2MB PDF)

    Cameco and Areva offer deal to northern community of Pinehouse - in exchange for suppression of any criticism or opposition: An offer by uranium giants Cameco Corp. and Areva could soon deliver jobs, cash payments and other benefits to the northern community of Pinehouse , but some residents worry it's a thinly veiled attempt to buy their silence.
    The agreement would prohibit Pinehouse from criticizing the companies now or in the future, a measure that amounts to an indefinite "gag order," said Pinehouse resident Fred Peterson. Peterson and other residents fear the so-called gag order will extend beyond their elected officials. One clause obliges leaders to "make reasonable efforts to ensure Pinehouse members do not say or do anything that interferes with or delays Cameco/Areva's mining." "They are trying to take away our voice as individuals and as a community," said John Smerek, a resident of Pinehouse, a largely Metis and First Nations municipality of 1,000 people located about 400 kilometres north of Saskatoon. (Saskatoon Star Phoenix Nov. 27, 2012)
    > Download Summary of the Colloboration Agreement Term Sheet, Oct. 12, 2012 (5MB PDF)

    A group of eight people in Saskatchewan will file an injunction in court to prevent the signing of the agreement. (Radio Canada Dec. 10, 2012)

     

    Drilling company employee dies in accident at Cree East project uranium exploration site, company fined

    On February 22nd, 2011, CanAlaska Uranium Ltd. announced that an employee of DJ Drilling (2004) Ltd., the drill contractor for the company on the Cree East project, was killed when the bulldozer he was driving fell through the ice into Cree Lake, SK early yesterday (Feb. 21) morning.

    The workplace death of a man who fell through the ice and died in northern Saskatchewan has resulted in a CDN$ 46,000 fine for a B.C. company. On Feb. 21, 2011, a 54-year-old worker was clearing a drill pad at a uranium exploration site on frozen Cree Lake with a crawler tractor when the machine broke through the ice. J.D. Drilling pleaded guilty to an Occupational Health and Safety charge of failing to ensure the work was being appropriately supervised. The company was fined in Prince Albert provincial court on June 19. (CBC July 9, 2013)

    Uranium exploration company fined CDN$ 85,676 for burning hazardous waste in northern Saskatchwan

    Titan Uranium Incorporated has been convicted in La Ronge Provincial Court of one count under the Crown Resource Land Regulations and fined a total of CDN$ 85,676 for burning hazardous waste materials.
    The Ministry of Environment received a call in April 2009 that led conservation officers to a remote area on Sutton Lake in northern Saskatchewan to investigate a suspicious fire. Hazardous waste materials had been ignited and left to burn at a vacant exploration camp site, resulting in environmental charges being laid against the company. (Gov. of Saskatechewan Oct. 14, 2010)

    Sparton and NuCoal to evaluate NuCoal's Saskatchewan coal holdings for germanium and uranium

    On Aug. 26, 2009, Sparton Resources Inc. and NuCoal Energy Corporation , announced that they have executed a Memorandum of Understanding wherein Sparton and NuCoal will jointly evaluate the potential of NuCoal's lignitic coal holdings in Saskatchewan to host commercial germanium and uranium mineralization.

    Bishops raise concerns over nuclear and uranium industry development in Saskatchewan

    Roman Catholic, Lutheran, and Anglican bishops, speaking on behalf of their churches in Saskatchewan, raised concerns about the Saskatchewan Party government's pursuit of nuclear development in the province. Bishop Cynthia Halmarson of the Saskatchewan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada told reporters in a prepared statement that "exploiting the Earth's resources . . . beyond their normal spatial and temporal scales is sinful against God and against God's creation according to Christian belief." "Of particular concern is that the potential damage to nature with respect to the uranium industry is of a different order and magnitude of past damage, manifested in ways distinct from nature's own regenerative and restorative capacities for life and self-renewal," she said, flanked by Daniel Bohan, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Regina and Gregory Kerr-Wilson, the Anglican Bishop of the Qu'Appelle diocese. (The Star Phoenix Feb. 25, 2009)

    Triple Five Group makes agreements with seven Saskatchewan First Nations for uranium exploration

    The company behind two of North America's mammoth shopping malls says it is going to look for uranium in northern Saskatchewan. Triple Five Group , owned by Edmonton's Ghermezian family, says it has made economic development agreements with seven Saskatchewan First Nations. The biggest agreement appears to be with the English River First Nation and will allow the company to look for and develop the uranium on traditional lands near Slush Lake. (The Canadian Press Feb. 13, 2008)

    Chinese company enters Joint Venture for uranium exploration in Saskatchewan

    On Jan. 7, 2008, Ditem Explorations Inc. announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Sinosteel Scie-Tech Development Corporation (a wholly owned subsidiary of Sinosteel Corp. ) on exploration and development work on uranium properties in the Athabasca Basin.

    Black Lake Denesuline First Nation options reserve lands to CanAlaska Uranium Ltd for uranium exploration

    On Dec. 21, 2006, CanAlaska Uranium Ltd. announced that it has finalized an option agreement with the Black Lake Denesuline First Nation to undertake uranium exploration on Black Lake Reserve lands. The Black Lake lands are located on the northern rim of the Athabasca Basin in Saskatchewan, Canada and cover 32,036 hectares (79,163 acres).

    Fond Du Lac Denesuline First Nation options reserve lands to CanAlaska Uranium Ltd for uranium exploration

    On Nov. 29, 2006, CanAlaska Uranium Ltd. announced that it has entered into an option agreement with the Fond Du Lac Denesuline First Nation to undertake uranium exploration on its reserve lands. The Fond Du Lac lands are located on the northern rim of the Athabasca Basin in Saskatchewan, Canada and cover 38,458 hectares (95,030 acres). The region is known to host several uranium occurrences, including the Fond Du Lac uranium deposit, which was delineated by Eldorado Nuclear in the 1970's and hosts an historical reserve estimate (non 43-101 compliant) of 1 million pounds U3O8 at a grade of 0.25% U3O8.

     


    Patterson Lake South

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    China's CGN Mining Co Ltd buys interest in developer of Patterson Lake South high-grade uranium deposit: China's CGN Mining Company Limited bought a nearly 20 percent stake in Fission Uranium Corp, marking the first time a Chinese company has directly invested in a Canadian uranium company, Fission said on Monday (Dec. 21). (Reuters Dec. 21, 2015)
    On Jan. 26, 2016, CGN Mining Company Limited announced that on January 26, 2016, CGN has acquired 96,736,540 common shares of Fission Uranium Corp., constituting approximately 19.99% of the issued and outstanding shares of Fission Uranium Corp.

    Preliminary Economic Assessment predicts "robust economics" for Patterson Lake South uranium mine project: On Sep. 3, 2015, Fission Uranium Corp. announced the summary results of a National Instrument 43-101 compliant Preliminary Economic Assessment ("PEA") for the high-grade uranium resource identified to date on the Triple R Uranium Deposit, at its 100% owned PLS [Patterson Lake South] property in Canada's Athabasca Basin region. The PEA was prepared by RPA Inc.
    The PEA study considers the PLS project as a stand-alone mine and mill operation, which includes development and extraction of the R00E and R780E zones (Triple R deposit).
    The study envisions a combination of open-pit and underground mining, with a dyke system (dyke and slurry wall) for water control [since the pit will be located in the lake]. High-grade mineralization (above 4% U3O8) is captured within the open pit, eliminating the need for expensive, specialized underground mining methods.
    An average annual production of 7.2 million lbs U3O8 [2,769 t U] is foreseen over the 14-year life of the mine.
    The PEA base case uses a uranium price of US$ 65 per lb U3O8.

    > Calculate Mine Feasibility

     


    Millennium zone Deposit (Cree Extension Property)

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    Cameco withdraws license application for Millennium uranium mine project, due to poor economic conditions: In May 2014, Cameco requested the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission postpone a June, 2014 hearing that had been scheduled to conclude the Environmental Assessment. Cameco cited poor economic conditions in world uranium markets as the reason to halt proceedings. Cameco also withdrew its application for a 10-year licence to construct and operate Millennium. (Cameco May 2014)

    CNSC to hold public hearing on Cameco's license application for Millennium uranium mine project - canceled: The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will hold a public hearing (June 18, 2014 - canceled) to consider Cameco Corporation's (Cameco) application for a 10-year licence for its Millennium Mine Project. Cameco is requesting a licence to mine an underground uranium deposit located approximately 600 km north of Saskatoon, within the Moon Lake drainage area, 36 km north of Cameco's Key Lake operation. The ore from this mine would be shipped to a regional mill for processing, so that no tailings would be produced or stored onsite.
    Requests to intervene must be filed by May 16, 2014.
    > Download Notice of Hearing , April 3, 2014 (PDF)
    > Download Revised Notice of Hearing , April 8, 2014 (PDF)
    > Download Cameco submission Apr. 17, 2014 (1.8MB PDF)
    "Cameco informed the Commission that it does not wish to proceed with the licensing of the Millennium Mine project at this time, due to current economic conditions."
    > Download Notice of Adjournment of Public Hearing , May 16, 2014 (PDF)

    Cameco's Millennium underground uranium mine project gets environmental approval: The province is giving the go-ahead to Cameco Corporation for a new uranium mine 600 kilometres north of Saskatoon. It's called the "Millennium Project." The government approved the company's environmental impact assessment earlier this month. (CBC Dec. 30, 2013)

    EIS for Cameco's Millennium underground uranium mine project open for public comment: The public is invited to provide comments on the Environmental Impact Statement and associated documents, the Technical Review Comments and Comprehensive Study Report.
    Written comments are required by November 18, 2013.
    > View Public Notice Oct. 21, 2013 (CEAA)
    > View Millennium Mine Project (CEAA)
    > View Millennium Project (Saskatchewan Environment) - Complete EIS only available upon request -

    Areva sells its stake in Millennium uranium mine project to Cameco: On June 11, 2012, AREVA announced that it has closed the sale of its 27.94% interest in the Millennium mining project to Cameco Corporation for CAD$150 million (about EUR 115 million).

    CNSC to hold un-hearing on Environmental Assessment Guidelines for Cameco's Millennium uranium mine project: The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will hold a hearing in September 2010 to consider the approval of the Environmental Assessment Guidelines for Cameco Corporation's proposed project for the development of an underground mine "Millennium" located in the Athabasca basin of northern Saskatchewan.
    Cameco Corporation requires CNSC authorization to proceed with this work. The project will consist of an underground uranium mine located approximately 36 kilometres northeast of Cameco Corporation's Key Lake Operation. No milling would take place on-site. Ore and associated waste materials would be transported to a licensed mill along a new 21-kilometre access road that would connect to the existing road network between the Key Lake Operation and the McArthur River mine site. The proposed Millennium mine would produce 150,000 to 200,000 tonnes of ore annually for six to seven years.
    The Commission has determined that a public hearing is not necessary to consider the proposed Environmental Assessment Guidelines for Cameco Corporation's request.
    > Download Notice of Hearing, Sep. 20, 2010 (PDF)

    Public Comments Invited on the project and conduct of the Comprehensive Study for the Millennium Mine Project: Cameco Corporation is proposing to develop an underground uranium mine located in the southeastern part of the Athabasca Basin in northern Saskatchewan, approximately 600 km north of Saskatoon. The proposed Millennium mine would produce 150,000 to 200,000 tonnes of ore annually for six to seven years. Ore and associated waste materials would be transported to a licensed mill along a new 21 km access road that would connect to the existing road network.
    Comments received by the CNSC by July 29, 2010 will be considered.
    > Download Public Notice July 19, 2010

    The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is making available $20,000 under its Participant Funding Program to assist groups and individuals to participate in the environmental assessment of the proposed Millennium Mine project in northern Saskatchewan.
    Applications received by the Agency by June 15, 2010 will be considered.
    > View Public Notice May 14, 2010 (CEAA)

    Cameco Corporation is proposing to construct and operate a new underground uranium mine - the Millennium Project - north of its Key Lake Development.
    The "Draft Project-Specific Guidelines Scoping Document for the Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement, Millennium Project, Cameco Corporation, May 2010" has been released for public comment; written comments should be submitted by 22 June, 2010.
    > View 2009-070, Cameco Corporation - Millennium Project (Environment Saskatchewan)
    > View Millenium Mine Project Environmental Assessment information (CNSC)

    Government agencies sign Project Agreement on federal review of Millennium uranium mine project
    > Download Project agreement for the Millennium uranium mine project in Saskatchewan , March 2010 (MPMO)

    > View Notice of Commencement of an Environmental Assessment , Sep. 16, 2009 (CEAA)

    Cameco, as operator of the Cree Extension Joint Venture, is seeking regulatory approval to proceed with the Millennium project. The project is a proposed underground uranium mine located about 600 kilometres north of Saskatoon. This project is proposed as a mine-only development. There are no plans to construct on-site milling or tailings facilities. (Cameco, Sep. 8, 2009)

    > View Millennium regulatory information (Cameco)
    > Download Millennium Project, Project Description, Aug. 2009 (11.1M PDF - Cameco)

    > View Millenium Mine Project Environmental Assessment information (CNSC)

     


    Cigar Lake Mining project (Saskatchewan)

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    Midwest joint venture (Saskatchewan)

    > View Midwest ownership details

    Midwest uranium mine project stays on hold

    Due to low uranium prices, the Midwest and McClean underground projects will continue to remain on stand-by in 2014. (Denison Mines Mar. 6, 2014)

    Canada's Environment Minister approves Environmental Assessment of Areva's Midwest uranium mine with milling at McClean Lake

    On August 15, 2012, Canada's Environment Minister announced that the proposed Mining and Milling the Midwest Project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects with the implementation of the mitigation measures and follow-up programs described in the comprehensive study report. The Minister has referred the project back to the responsible authorities, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Natural Resources Canada and Transport Canada, for appropriate action.
    > View CEAA release Aug. 15, 2012
    > View Mining and Milling the Midwest Project, McClean Lake Operation (SK) (CEAA)

    Public comments invited on the Comprehensive Study Report for the environmental assessment of Areva's Midwest uranium mine and mill project

    The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) invites public comments on the Comprehensive Study Report for the environmental assessment of the Mining and Milling the Midwest Project which is proposed by AREVA Resources, in Saskatchewan.
    Public comments received by June 27, 2012 will be considered.
    > View CEAA notice May 28, 2012
    > Download Comprehensive Study Report for the Proposed Midwest Mining and Milling Project in Northern Saskatchewan, AREVA Resources Canada Incorporated , April 2012
    > View Reference number 06-03-17519: Mining and Milling the Midwest Project (Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry)

    CNSC approves Comprehensive Study Report for Areva's Midwest uranium mine and mill project

    > Download Record of Proceedings, Including Reasons for Decision, May 11, 2012 (PDF - CNSC)

    Government agencies sign Project Agreement on federal review of Midwest uranium mine project

    "[...] the signatories (the Parties) to this Agreement commit to work together to facilitate an effective, accountable, transparent, timely and predictable federal review in relation to the development proposal and to contribute to the discharging of any duty to consult with Aboriginal groups."
    > Download Project agreement for the Midwest uranium mining and milling project in Saskatchewan (Major Projects Management Office - MPMO)

    Licence renewal for McClean Lake and Midwest

    On June 30, 2009, CNSC announced its decision to revoke AREVA's Midwest Uranium Site Preparation Licence and to include it in McClean Lake licence.

    > See details

    Midwest uranium mine project postponed

    On Nov. 25, 2008, Denison Mines Corp. announced that the owners of the Midwest joint venture consisting of AREVA (69.16%), OURD (5.67%) and Denison (25.17%) have determined that the development of the Midwest Project will be postponed due to current economic conditions. The status of the project will be reviewed every six months. The postponement is a result of the current economic climate, delays and uncertainties associated with the regulatory approval process, the increasing capital and operating costs and the current market for uranium. Based on current estimates, capital costs have increased approximately 50% from the previous estimate of Cdn$435 million.

    Midwest uranium mine project partners decide to proceed with the development of the project

    On Dec. 3, 2007, Denison Mines Corp. announced the formal decision of the joint venture partners in the Midwest uranium mine project to proceed with the development of the project. Subject to regulatory approvals, site construction, including the haul road, water treatment and other facilities, could begin in mid-2009. Stripping of the rock over the ore would then commence in early 2010 with ore removal starting in mid-2011 and continuing through to 2013. The total capital cost including mine development and the related McClean Lake mill expansion of about $100 million will be approximately $400 million.

    Environmental Assessment for Midwest uranium mine project to continue as a Comprehensive Study

    On October 22, 2007, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency announced that the Minister of the Environment has determined that the Comprehensive Study currently underway is the most appropriate type of environmental assessment for the proposed Midwest Uranium Mine Project in northern Saskatchewan. The responsible authorities will now continue the Comprehensive Study and will provide the public with an opportunity to participate in the environmental assessment.

    > Download Midwest Project Environmental Impact Statement, August 2007 (Areva Resources)

    CEAA offers participant funding for Environmental Assessment of Midwest uranium mine project

    The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is making $20,000 available under its participant funding program to assist groups and/or individuals to take part in the environmental assessment of the Midwest Uranium Mine Development Project.
    AREVA Resources Canada Inc. (AREVA) proposes changes to the current Midwest uranium mine development (Midwest Project) and to extend the mining and milling activities at the McClean Lake Operation to include the Midwest Project. The proposed project involves the open-pit mining of a uranium deposit located near the eastern margin of the Athabasca basin in northern Saskatchewan, and the transportation of the ore along a new dedicated haul road for milling at the McClean Lake Operation.
    To be considered, applications must be received by the Agency by April 27, 2007.

    > View Participant Funding Notice, March 29, 2007
    > View Notice of Commencement of Environmental Assessment, Feb. 19, 2007

    CNSC holds hearing on Areva's Environmental Assessment Track Report for Midwest uranium mine project

    The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) held a one-day public hearing on April 12, 2007, to consider the Environmental Assessment Track Report regarding AREVA Resources Canada Inc.'s (AREVA) proposal to mine a uranium ore deposit as an open pit mine at its Midwest location; to construct a dedicated haul road and pipeline between the Midwest and McClean Lake sites; and to expand its McClean Lake mill. The Commission will also consider the Project Specific Guidelines and Comprehensive Study Scoping Document (the Scoping Document).
    The public was invited to comment on the proposed Track Report and Scoping Document. On June 19, 2007, CNSC announced its decision to recommend that the environmental assessment be continued as a comprehensive study. CNSC also approved the project-specific EA Guidelines.
    > Download: Notice of Public Hearing, February 9, 2007 (PDF)
    > Download Hearing Transcript Apr. 12, 2007 (PDF)
    > View CNSC release June 19, 2007
    > Download Record of Proceedings, Including Reasons for Decision, June 11, 2007 (PDF)

    Public comment invited on the Draft Project-Specific Guidelines and Scoping Document for the proposed Midwest uranium mine development project

    Areva Resources Canada Inc. proposes changes to the Midwest uranium mine development and to extend the mining and milling activities at the McClean Lake operation to include the Midwest Project.
    Public comments are due by January 5, 2007.
    The project consists of the following components: > Download Saskatchewan Environment Public Notice Dec. 2, 2006 (0.7M PDF)
    > Download COGEMA Resources Inc. Midwest Project description/proposal, December 2005, Version 1 (8.9M PDF)
    > Download Draft Project-specific guidelines and comprehensive study scoping document, environmental impact assessment of the Midwest Project, Areva Resources Canada Inc. (3.4M PDF)

    > See also: Saskatchewan Environment Notices   Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry

    Areva commits to proceed with Midwest uranium mine project

    According to Saskatchewan Premier Lorne Calvert, Areva has made it official it plans to proceed with a new uranium mine at the Midwest Project near the McClean Lake mill in the northwestern corner of the province. It's subject to environmental and other approvals but if it goes ahead, it will cost $200 million to develop and will employ 100 people, Calvert said. Industry Minister Eric Cline said it's expected development on the mine will start in 2007 - 2008 and processing of ore from the project at Areva's McLean Lake Mill will begin in 2009 - 2010. (CBC Jun 28, 2006)

    CNSC starts Environmental Assessment for Midwest Project

    On March 2, 2006, CNSC started the Environmental Assessment for COGEMA Resources Inc.'s Midwest Project. The project includes the development of the Midwest open pit mine, the haul road linking the Midwest development with the existing McClean Lake Operation, and the production capacity increase of the JEB mill to accommodate the planned rate for milling of the Midwest ore.
    > View project description (CNSC)

    CNSC issues mine site preparation license for Midwest project

    Following a public hearing on February 28, 2002 and April 18, 2002, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) on May 16, 2002, announced its decision to issue a Uranium Mine Site Preparation Licence to COGEMA Resources Inc. (CRI) of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for the Midwest Project.
    > View CNSC Release May 16, 2002
    > Download Record of Proceedings, including the Reasons for Decision, May 16, 2002 (PDF)
    > Download Transcript of April 18, 2002, Hearing (PDF)
    > Download Transcript of February 28, 2002, Hearing (PDF)
    > Download CNSC Release Dec. 3, 2001 (PDF)

    AECB orders cease work at McClean Lake Tailings Management Facility

    > See under McClean Lake

    AECB approves construction of JEB Tailings Management Facility

    > See under McClean Lake

    Government approval for Midwest uranium mine project

    On April 3, 1998, the Government of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan approved the Midwest uranium project to proceed subject to certain conditions.
    The Government of Canada agrees with most of the Review Panel's recommendations (see below), with one major exception:
    "The Government does not agree with the Panel's condition that experiments be conducted to determine long-term acceptability of the tailings management facility before starting to deposit the tailings. Federal regulatory agencies consider that experimental studies of the aging tailings should take place at the same time that disposal takes place." [...]

    > View Natural Resources of Canada press release: 98/22 · 98/22 (a) · 98/22 (b)
    > View Govt. of Saskatchewan press releases: 98-231 · 98-232

    Review Panel recommends approval of Midwest uranium mining project, subject to conditions

    On November 13, 1997, the Joint Federal-Provincial Panel on Uranium Mining Developments in Northern Saskatchewan issued its report to the government recommending the approval of the Midwest uranium mining project in Northern Saskatchewan, Canada, subject to conditions.
    The public review period for the Panel report ended February 5, 1998 (view SERM notice ).

    > View Panel report: executive summary · full report (191k)
    > View Panel press release

    The Midwest uranium deposit contains 13,200 tonnes of uranium at a high ore grade of 3.8%. The mining technology to be used is the same as that described for the Cigar Lake project above.

    The tailings resulting from the chemical uranium extraction from the ore are also to be dumped in the open pit of the former JEB uranium mine nearby, using the same management scheme as described for the Cigar Lake project.

    Public hearings on the project were held in the period of May 27 to June 15, 1996.

    A bilingual (English/French) 14-page summary (The Midwest Project - Environmental Impacts Statement - Executive Summary, August 1995) of COGEMA's EIS is available from the Panel Secretariat.

    View Comments on the Environmental Impact Statement for the Cigar Lake and Midwest Joint Ventures Proposal (46k), prepared by Radioactive Waste Management Associates for the Saskatchewan Uranium Coalition (RWMA publication No. 051).

    On August 26, 1996, COGEMA Resources submitted a new plan for a changed tailings disposal concept, compared to the plan described in the EIS: the new plan comprises a combined pervious surround and subaqueous disposal scheme.
    On May 2, 1997, the Panel released additional information received from the proponents, discussing the changed tailings disposal technology. Public hearings on this matter were held on August 26-28, 1997.

    For updates on the review process, see CEAA Midwest Panel Information


    Dawn Lake

    > View Dawn Lake ownership details

    Revocation of Mining Facility Removal Licence

    On February 28, 2002, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), after holding a one-day public hearing (February 28, 2002), approved an application by Cameco Corporation, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, for revocation of its Mining Facility Removal Licence for the Dawn Lake Project, located in the McClean Lake area of northeastern Saskatchewan.

    > Download CNSC Notice of Hearing (Dec. 20, 2001) (PDF)
    > Download Transcript of February 28, 2002, Hearing (PDF)
    > Download Record of Proceedings, Including Reasons for Decision (March 22, 2002) (PDF)


    Roughrider

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    Environment Saskatchewan announces preparation of Environmental Impact Assessment for proposed underground exploration at Roughrider deposit

    On Sep. 19, 2013, Environment Saskatchewan announced that the preparation of an Environmental Impact Assessment is underway for the proposed underground exploration at Rio Tinto's Roughrider deposit. The proposal includes the development and operation of an exploration shaft and drifts and auxiliary facilities.
    > View Rio Tinto - Roughrider Advanced Exploration Program, 2013-014 (Environment Saskatchewan)

    Rio Tinto has acquired Hathor, owner of Roughrider deposit

    On Jan. 12, 2012, Rio Tinto announced that it has acquired the remaining Hathor common shares and is now the registered holder of 100 per cent of the outstanding Hathor common shares.
    On Jan. 7, 2012, Rio Tinto announced that it had acquired 93.76% of the outstanding common shares in Hathor Exploration Limited and now intends to acquire all outstanding Hathor common shares not tendered to the offer through a compulsory acquisition under the Canada Business Corporations Act.
    After a bidding war with Cameco, Rio Tinto now holds 84.26% of the outstanding common shares in Hathor Exploration Limited, the owner of the Roughrider deposit. (I-Net Bridge Dec. 13, 2011)

    Positive results of Preliminary Economic Assessment announced for Roughrider uranium deposit

    On Sep. 13, 2011, Hathor Exploration Limited announced positive summary results of a preliminary economic assessment conducted for the Roughrider Uranium Deposit, including the West and East Zones, but not the Far East Zone.
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    Preliminary Assessment of economic viability of Roughrider deposit initiated

    On June 22, 2011, Hathor announced that it has initiated an independent, NI 43-101 compliant Preliminary Assessment ("PA") of the Roughrider Uranium Deposit. The PA will evaluate, in detail, the economic viability of developing the deposit as it is currently defined, and express the viability in the form of a net-present-value analysis (NPV). The study will be authored by SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc. Completion is expected in approximately four months.


    Shea Creek

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    Areva/UEX plan 950 m deep exploration shaft at Shea Creek

    UEX Corporation announced that it has been informed of, and fully supports AREVA Resources Canada Inc.'s decision to launch the regulatory process regarding the sinking of an exploration shaft and development of an exploration drift at its Shea Creek Uranium Project. The proposed shaft has been strategically located between the Anne and Kianna Deposits to provide underground access to both deposits and the highly-prospective corridor between them. The proposed shaft will have a vertical depth from surface of approximately 950 metres and an estimated capital cost of $100 million (CDN). (UEX Apr. 10, 2007)

    Cogema Resources intersects 27.4% U3O8 over 8.8 metres at Shea Creek

    "Hole SHE-114-5, the fifth unconformity impact from pilot hole SHE-114, intersected 27.4% U3O8 [23.2% U] over 8.8 metres, including 58.32% U3O8 [49.5% U] over 3.5 metres, at a point approximately 30 metres above the unconformity. The unconformity was intersected at 714.3 metres along the hole." (UEX July 13, 2005)

    Revocation of Mining Facility Removal Licence

    On February 28, 2002, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), after holding a one-day public hearing (February 28, 2002) approved an application by COGEMA Resources Inc., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, for revocation of its Mining Facility Removal Licence for the Shea Creek Project, located in the Cluff Lake area of northwest Saskatchewan.

    > Download CNSC Notice of Hearing (Dec. 20, 2001) (PDF)
    > Download Transcript of February 28, 2002, Hearing (PDF)
    > Download Record of Proceedings, Including Reasons for Decision (March 22, 2002) (PDF)


    Hidden Bay

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    Positive Preliminary Assessment announced for Horseshoe and Raven deposits

    On Feb. 23, 2011, UEX Corporation announced that it has received the results of the Preliminary Assessment (PA) Technical Report on the Horseshoe and Raven deposits. The report finds the economics of mining the 100%-owned Horseshoe and Raven deposits to be very robust and recommends the project be advanced to a preliminary feasibility level, and that this next phase of study also include the 100%-owned West Bear Deposit. The PA assumes that uranium processing and tailings management will be conducted through a toll arrangement at one of the two nearby mills, one operated by Cameco Corporation and the other by AREVA Resources Canada Inc. As Cameco's Rabbit Lake mill is located within 4 km of Horseshoe and Raven and has excess capacity, the Report has focused on this facility.
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    Wheeler River

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    Pre-Feasibility Study initiated for Wheeler River uranium deposit

    On July 19, 2016, Denison Mines Corp. announced the initiation of a Pre-Feasibility Study ("PFS") for its 60% owned Wheeler River property, located in the eastern portion of the Athabasca Basin region in northern Saskatchewan.

    Positive Preliminary Economic Assessment released for Wheeler River uranium deposit

    On May 12, 2016, Denison announced the filing with SEDAR of the Technical Report dated Apr. 8, 2016.
    Jet bore system (JBS) mining was selected for the high grade Phoenix Zones A and B1, similar to the mining method utilized at the Cigar Lake mine. This mining method requires freeze wall protection in a tent configuration.
    Conventional longhole open stoping with backfill is planned for the Gryphon deposit. No freeze wall protection is needed due to the location of the deposit well below the unconformity in basement rock.
    The project production period is 16 years from January 2026 to the end of 2041.
    This PEA is based on the assumption that mill feed from Wheeler River will be trucked to an existing uranium mill in northern Saskatchewan for processing under a custom milling agreement. At this time, custom milling at the JEB uranium mill on the McClean Lake site is considered the most likely scenario.

    > Calculate Mine Feasibility

    On Apr. 4, 2016, Denison Mines announced the results of the Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) on its 60% owned Wheeler River Project. The PEA assumes the current long term contract price for uranium of US$ 44 per lb U3O8. (Denison Apr. 4, 2016)


     

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