LANGHAM, Sask. – Mineral rights holders have stalled a proposed metal processing plant for the Langham, Sask. area.
Fortune Minerals is planning on building the plant near the community located northwest of Saskatoon.
The project would see injection wells drilled into the land to dispose of the plant’s waste water.
The plant would process copper, cobalt, bismuth and gold transported by rail from company’s mine in the Northwest Territories.
The company said not all landowners have agreed to the wells.
Local residents have expressed concern about the environmental impact of the wells on the town’s drinking water.
The Dalmeny aquifer, which is the source of drinking water for the area, sits directly below the proposed plot of land the plant would be built on.
The Saskatchewan government has given the green-light to the project, finding the company’s proposal to be environmentally and technically sound under The Environmental Assessment Act.
Fortune Minerals said there are no alternatives for the project and this must be approved if the company plans to move forward.
The tentative construction date is for the end of 2014 or the beginning of 2015.
It would create 200 jobs over the construction period and around 85 permanent positions.