The Prairie Creek Mine is located in the South Mackenzie Mountains of the Northwest Territories, Canada, at 61° 33' North Latitude and 124° 48' West Longitude, approximately 500 kilometres west of Yellowknife, NT.
The Mine is serviced by a 1,000 metre gravel airstrip located approximately 1 kilometre north of the Mine Site. Access is via air charter, either from Fort Simpson, NT, 150 kilometres to the east, or Fort Nelson, BC, 300 kilometres to the south.
In 1980, a 180 kilometre Access Road was built from the Mine Site to the confluence of the Blackstone and Liard Rivers connecting the project with the Liard Highway. This Access Road was used to transport the equipment and buildings presently on Site. In 2007 NorZinc received a Land Use Permit from the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board which permits the re-establishment of the Access Road. In 2008, NorZinc commenced rehabilitation work on the Access Road, and in 2012 commissioned a high-resolution LiDAR and orthophoto study covering the Prairie Creek Mine's Mineral Tenure and Access Road.
Nahanni National Park Reserve
On June 9, 2009, the Government of Canada introduced new special legislation into Parliament to amend the Parks Act in relation to the proposed expansion of Nahanni National Park Reserve, which excludes the Prairie Creek Mine from being part of the expanded park. For more information see the Company Press Release of June 9, 2009 click here. This special legislation subsequently received royal ascension in the House of Commons and the Senate. Nahanni National Park Reserve has now officially expanded to include an area of 30,000 square kilometres as indicated on the below map. The Government of Canada and Parks Canada have assured NorZinc that the existing mining and access rights to the Prairie Creek Mine will be respected and protected.
NorZinc maintains strong working relations with Parks Canada and also through a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") with Parks Canada originally signed in 2008 and subsequently renewed in 2012, and the Phase III MOU signed in 2015.
The Phase III MOU, which is valid for five years from November 2015, renews the previous MOUs signed by NorZinc and Parks Canada and includes the intention of the Parties to work collaboratively, within their respective areas of responsibility, authority and jurisdiction, to achieve their respective goals of managing Nahanni National Park Reserve and an operating Prairie Creek Mine. The Parties agree to make every reasonable effort to address issues of common interest and build a strong working relationship, including convening a Technical Team, which will, among other things, better identify, define and consider issues of common interest including, among other things, development and use of the access to and from the Prairie Creek Mine through Nahanni National Park Reserve and operation of the Prairie Creek Mine.
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