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Nunavut board to review Bathurst Inlet port and road project

Nunavut regulators are seeking comment on plans to revive a mega-project in the Kitikmeot.

Project would see new port, roads to mining sites in Kitikmeot region

Two companies, which are currently exploring for minerals in Nunavut, want to revive a project to build a port and roads in the Kitikmeot region. (CBC)

Nunavut regulators are seeking comment on plans to revive a mega-project in the Kitikmeot region.

The Bathurst Inlet port and road project has been dormant for several years. The idea is to build a major port with roads to nearby mining projects.

An environmental review got underway in 2004, but was suspended after the proponents decided the project wasn't feasible.

Now its new proponents — Sabina Gold & Silver, and Xstrata Zinc Canada — want the review to continue.

The Nunavut Impact Review Board is asking stakeholders what they think.

Sabina and Xstrata hope the project will support any future mining operations in the area. Sabina has been exploring for gold at its Back River property, and Xstrata's Hackett River project is looking for zinc.

The review board is accepting comments on reviving the Bathurst Inlet port and road project until the end of the month.