GUYSBOROUGH – As plans for Black Point Quarry move closer to a final investment decision, project proponent Vulcan Materials was in our area recently for discussions with government departments and local community representatives.
The visit by geologist Chris Ridgeway and VP permitting and community relations Jimmy Fleming started in Halifax for a meeting with provincial and federal government agencies. Ridgeway described it as a large meeting, bringing in a variety of departments, including Nova Scotia’s departments of environment and aboriginal affairs, along with Transport Canada and other federal departments.
The Vulcan representatives provided an update on the project, including completion of a moose survey and a fish habitat survey for a nearby brook, as well as an update on the company’s engagement strategy with Indigenous communities. Vulcan has signed a memorandum of understanding with the main First Nationals group it has been working with; an agreement between the parties is now in the works.
Vulcan has also been busy developing plans that are required for its environmental permit. This includes plans for spill prevention and erosion control.
The Vulcan representatives then traveled to Guysborough for a meeting with the project’s community liaison committee. VP Fleming spoke about the company’s approach to community relations.
Ridgeway told The Journal that community relations activities vary according to the interests of the community. He said the topics of focus during these committee meetings reflect what the community representatives have requested in terms of information updates. A future meeting will focus on how the company goes about identifying talent and filling positions.
Ridgeway told The Journal that Vulcan is still anticipating its final investment decision in the second quarter of 2018.