Bureau of Land Management Extends Draft Environmental Impact Statememt Comment Period for the Ambler Road
September 30, 2019 - Vancouver, British Columbia – Trilogy Metals Inc. (TSX/NYSE American: TMQ) ("Trilogy Metals”, “Trilogy” or the “Company”) reports that the United States Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) announced that it has extended the comment period for the proposed Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Project (“AMDIAP”) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) from 45 to 60 days, moving the deadline to October 29, 2019.
According to the BLM, the extension was provided in recognition of subsistence/hunting season and the number of interested communities in the region, and public meetings remain on schedule. Once the comment period has ended, the BLM will then review the comments and complete the final EIS.
Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Project
On August 23, 2019 the BLM, which is the lead agency for the permitting of the AMDIAP, completed the draft EIS which has been posted on the BLM website (see below). Also, the National Park Service (“NPS”), which is a cooperating agency, completed and posted the Environmental and Economic Analysis (“EEA”) on the NPS website. The EEA will evaluate the two alternative routes for the AMDIAP – the shortest overall AMDIAP route and the shortest route across the NPS preserve lands.
For more information on the draft EIS please visit the BLM website at https://www.blm.gov/alaska. For more information on the EEA please visit the NPS website at https://www.nps.gov/gaar/learn/management/ambler-row.htm.
Jim Gowans, Interim President and CEO of Trilogy Metals commented, “We welcome the extension of the comment period for the AMDIAP draft EIS given that we believe that it is imperative for all stakeholders to have an opportunity to have input into this project which is expected to make a significant positive economic impact for the people of northwest Alaska. Furthermore, it is important that this process be done in a way that seen as transparent and fair for all citizens of Alaska. I am highly confident that the final EIS will be completed within the next few months.”
About Trilogy Metals
Trilogy Metals Inc. is a metals exploration and development company focused on exploring and developing the Ambler mining district located in northwestern Alaska. It is one of the richest and most-prospective known copper-dominant districts located in one of the safest geopolitical jurisdictions in the world. It hosts world-class polymetallic volcanogenic massive sulphide (“VMS”) deposits that contain copper, zinc, lead, gold and silver, and carbonate replacement deposits which have been found to host high-grade copper and cobalt mineralization. Exploration efforts have been focused on two deposits in the Ambler mining district - the Arctic VMS deposit and the Bornite carbonate replacement deposit. Both deposits are located within the Company's land package that spans approximately 143,000 hectares. The Company has an agreement with NANA Regional Corporation, Inc., a Regional Alaska Native Corporation that provides a framework for the exploration and potential development of the Ambler mining district in cooperation with local communities. Our vision is to develop the Ambler mining district into a premier North American copper producer.
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