Project - Overview
Casino Mining Corporation is developing the Casino Project, a copper, gold, molybdenum and silver deposit, located about 300 km northwest of Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. It ranks among the largest copper-gold deposits in the world. The project is currently in the environmental assessment review stage.
Casino is proposing a conventional open-pit, truck and shovel operation to make the project economically viable. Most of the ore is processed by conventional milling to produce a concentrate, and a portion of the ore will be heap leached to recover the gold. The mill is expected to process about 120,000 tonnes of ore per day and the heap leach 25,000 tonnes per day over a 22-year mine life.
The project is located on Crown land, administered by the Yukon Government. According to the Yukon Land Claims Final Umbrella Agreement, the Casino Project site lies within the traditional territory of the Selkirk First Nation and the project’s road access falls within the traditional territories of both the Selkirk and Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nations. The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in traditional territory intersects the Project footprint at the Yukon River.
The project is in the Yukon Plateau, a region characterized by weathered bedrock landscape, treed and rolling topography, and moderate to deeply cut valleys. The region is mainly un-glaciated. The Yukon River flows westward about 17 km north of the project site. Annual precipitation ranges between 400 mm (plateau) to 1,500 mm (mountains).
Access to the project site will be by plane and a new 120 km unpaved road extending from the end of the existing Freegold Road, about 83 km northwest of Carmacks. This proposed road will be an industrial road, and have controlled access. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) will be trucked to the project site and gasified to provide natural gas to fuel the 150 MW power plant.
Since 2008, Casino has applied a measured and conservative approach to preparing its environmental and socio-economic assessment project proposal, which was submitted in January 2014 to the executive committee of the Yukon Environmental Socio-economic Assessment Board (YESAB). The proposal seeks approval to construct and operate the Casino mine over an estimated period of 22 years. YESAB will assess the Casino Project for environmental and socio-economic effects and make its recommendations for approval.
Following YESAB approval, Casino will secure licensing and permitting from the Yukon Government for a Quartz Mining License and a Land Use Permit related to construction of the access road, as well as to the Yukon Water Board for a Water Use License.
To view the Casino mine environmental and socio-economic assessment project proposal click here
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