The quarry operation and lime plant would be situated on the traditional territory of Lheidli T’enneh. Accordingly, a consultation process for the project was initiated with the Lheidli T’enneh. The agreement includes provisions for economic benefits for the Lheidli T’enneh, while also recognizing and addressing potential archaeological and environmental concerns, along with other issues such as traditional use that are specific to the project area.
“Lheidli T’enneh is very pleased to have reached this agreement with Graymont,” said Lheidli T’enneh Chief Dominic Frederick. “Graymont has been very respectful and has taken our concerns and interests seriously. This represents a critical step for an initiative that we believe will have a positive and lasting impact on the community of Lheidli T’enneh and the region.”
“The Giscome Project is important to Graymont and we look forward to working with the Lheidli T’enneh in the years ahead,” said Stéphane Godin, Graymont’s president and CEO. “This mutually beneficial agreement cements an already strong relationship.” The project “will complement Graymont’s current network of plants to reliably serve existing and new customers across Western Canada and the North,” Godin added.
The agreement with the Lheidli T’enneh reflects Graymont’s commitment to world-class standards with respect to the environment and sustainability, and to making positive contributions to the communities where it operates, the company said.
The project will require approvals under the BC Environmental Assessment Act and from the Regional District. Graymont expect to finalize its initial consultations and complete the studies required by the Provincial Environmental Impact Assessment process. Assuming the receipt of all regulatory approvals in 2015, Graymont expects to start construction of the project in late 2015 and commence operations in 2017.