Clean Environment Commission Public Hearing To Be Held Regarding Silica Sand Extraction Project

November 17, 2021 – More Information Needed to Assess Potential Environmental Impacts: Guillemard

The Manitoba Clean Environment Commission (CEC) will conduct a public hearing and review of an Environment Act proposal submitted by CanWhite Sands Corp. for a silica sand extraction project in the Rural Municipality of Springfield, Conservation and Climate Minister Sarah Guillemard announced today.

“I have asked the CEC to provide a technical review of the CanWhite proposal for the silica sand extraction project, and to organize a public hearing to gather and consider input from citizens on their concerns,” said Guillemard. “I look forward to receiving the commission’s report and recommendations regarding the potential environmental impacts of this project. An environmental licensing decision will not be made until this important work is completed.”

The province also announced the CEC’s terms of reference including direction to conduct a technical review of CanWhite’s proposal, which includes hydrogeology and geochemistry assessment reports, and to provide advice and recommendations to the minister regarding potential environmental effects of the proposed installation, operation and decommissioning of silica sand extraction wells.

The CEC will provide members of the public with the opportunity for input on CanWhite’s proposal at a hearing in a location consistent with the affected community.

The minister noted the proposal is posted on the public registry, along with comments received from an inter-departmental technical advisory committee and from the public during the comment period of the environmental assessment licensing process. These documents can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/sd/eal/registries/6119/index.html.

The CEC is a provincial agency that facilitates public involvement in environmental matters and offers advice and recommendations to the minister of conservation and climate regarding environmental issues, project approvals and environmental licences.

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