Consultation on SIA and EIA reports for the rare earth elements project at Kuannersuit (Kvanefjeldet)

New - Public meetings regarding the Kuannersuit-project – Now with participation from the Government of Greenland

In addition to participation from the Government of Greenland, Greenland Minerals, relevant authorities and external consultants will also participate at the public meetings.

At the meetings, the public will have a chance to express their opinion, and ask questions relating all aspects of the project including professional, technical and political.

The Minister for Housing, Infrastructure, Minerals, Justice and gender Equality, Naaja H. Nathanielsen and the Minister for Agriculture, Self-Sufficiency, Energy and Environment will participate at the public meetings I South Greenland. Due to the current covid19-situation in Greenland, the Minister for Health, Kirsten L. Fencker, is unable to attend the meetings in person. Though other representatives from the Ministry of Health will be represented at the meetings, the Government is working on the possibility that the Minister of Health can attend via video-link.

All questions, answers and comments will be included in the White Paper and thereby form part of the basis for the decision for the Government.

Where it is technical possible, the meetings will be livestreamed.

The public meetings will be held according to the following plan:

Town

Date

Time of day

Location

Narsarsuaq

23. August 2021

KL 19:00 - 21:30

The hotel

Qassiarsuk

24. August 2021

KL 17:00 – 19:30 (note: meeting time is changed)

The school

Narsaq

25. August 2021

KL 19:00 – 21:30

Sports hall (note: the location has been changed)

Qaqortoq

26. August 2021

KL 19:00 - 21:30

The hotel

Igaliku

27. August 2021

KL 17:00 - 19:30 (note: meeting time is changed)

The community house

Nanortalik

28. August 2021

KL 19:00 – 21:30

The culture house


Project status

Phase

Status

Date

Pre-consultation on terms of reference for the content of the SIA and EIA reports

Held (click here)

29 August to 6 October 2014

Eight-week public consultation on the EIA and SIA reports (application for exploitation licence)

In progress

12 weeks from the date of commencement (publication) – extended because of the COVID-19 pandemic

Update of the EIA and SIA reports

Pending

-

IBA

Pending

-

Notification of exploitation licence

Pending

-

Approval of exploitation plan and closure plan

Pending

-

Approval of 1st activity plan

Pending

-

Consultation documents

Greenland Minerals A/S is the licensee of exploration license 2010-02 in South Greenland. Commencement of the consultation is the official acknowledgement from the Government of Greenland that Greenland Minerals A/S has submitted an application for a licence to exploit rare earth elements at Kuannersuit (Kvanefjeldet).  

 

 

    

       Map section: Exploration licence 2010-02 held by Greenland Minerals A/S is marked in blue

The consultation documents consist of the following documents and associated annexes

  1. Non-technical summary of draft SIA report - GL
  2. Non-technical summary of draft EIA report - GL
  3. Non-technical summary of draft SIA report - DK
  4. Non-technical summary of draft EIA report - DK
  5. Non-technical summary of draft SIA report - ENG
  6. Non-technical summary of draft EIA report - ENG
  7. Draft Social Impact Assessment Report (SIA) - GL
  8. Draft Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIA) - GL
  9. Draft Social Impact Assessment Report (SIA) - DK
  10. Draft Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIA) - GL
  11. Draft Social Impact Assessment Report (SIA) - ENG
  12. Draft Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIA) - ENG

The objective of the Social Impact Assessment (SIA) is, among other things, to assess the impacts of the project on existing societal conditions in order to provide the authorities with all necessary information to determine the conditions for authorisation and approval of the proposed project. Another objective of the SIA is to form the basis for negotiation of an Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA) between the Government of Greenland, Kommune Kujalleq and Greenland Minerals A/S. Greenland Minerals A/S has also published background reports for preparation of the above draft SIA report - click here.

The objective of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is, among other things, to describe the expected impacts of the rare earth elements and uranium project on the environment, nature and the climate (environmental impact) and what mitigating initiatives (measures) the company is planning to implement to limit the environmental impact, and to provide the authorities with all the necessary information to determine the conditions for authorisation and approval of the proposed project. Greenland Minerals A/S has also published background reports for preparation of the above draft EIA report - click here.

Publication of the consultation documents on Naalakkersuisut.gl does not mean that the Government of Greenland has approved the consultation documents. Such approval will only take place by signing of an IBA and granting of an exploitation licence.
Consultation meetings:
During the consultation period, pursuant to the Mineral Resources Act, consultation meetings must be arranged in particularly affected towns and settlements. Therefore, consultation meetings will be arranged in the following towns and settlements, and members of the public will have an opportunity to ask questions about the project in general and, in particular, about the consultation documents.

  • Igaliku
  • Narsaq
  • Narsarsuaq
  • Qaqortoq
  • Qassiarsuk

The consultation meetings will only be held if the health authorities deem that it is possible to hold them safely from a public-health perspective. Dates for the meetings will be determined by the responsible members of Naalakkersuisut after consultation with Kommune Kujalleq and Greenland Minerals A/S and they will be announced on Naalakkersuisut.gl and elsewhere. Representatives from Greenland Minerals A/S, the Mayor of Kommune Kujalleq and the members of Naalakkersuisut listed below will attend the meetings.
Minister for Industry and Mineral Resources, Jens-Frederik Nielsen
Minister for Labour, Research and Environment, Jess Svane

Due to travel restrictions to and from Greenland as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, representatives from Greenland Minerals A/S, as well as any consultants residing outside of Greenland, will take part in the consultation meetings via telecommunications. Any changes in the future plans for consultation meetings arising from changes in the spread of the COVID-19 in Greenland will be announced to the public, among other things on the radio.
Deadline for comments: 12 March 2021 at 4.00 P.M.

Consultation comments shall be submitted to the Mineral Licence and Safety Authority, PO Box 930, 3900 Nuuk, or mlsa@nanoq.gl
The consultation comments received to the EIA and the SIA during the consultation period will be written in a white paper by the company. The consultation comments in the white paper will be answered with consultation responses by the company and the Mineral Resources Authority. The Environmental Agency for Mineral Resources Activities and scientific advisors will issue responses to consultation comments to the EIA. The company will prepare the final EIA and SIA reports with amendments according to the consultation comments and consultation responses received. Afterwards, the Government of Greenland will decide on whether to approve the final EIA and SIA reports and white papers.

 

Public meetings regarding the Kvanefjeld (Kuannersuit) project

The public meetings will be held without participation from the Government of Greenland. The public meetings will be held with participants from Greenland Minerals A/S and the relevant authorities. As a consequence thereof, questions of a professional and technical character can be answered. All questions, answers and comments will be included in the White Paper and thereby form part of the basis for decision for the Government.

 It is expected that the meetings in Qaqortoq and Narsaq will be livestreamed.

Settlement/city

Date

Time of day

Place

Narsarsuaq

5. February 2021

Kl. 19-21.30

Hotel

Qassiarsuk

CANCELLED DUE TO STORM

6. February 2021

Kl. 11-13.30

School

Igaliku

CANCELLED DUE TO STORM

7. February 2021

Kl. 11-13.30

Community house

Qaqortoq

8. February 2021

Kl. 14-16.30

Kl. 19-21.30

Hotel

Narsaq

9. February 2021

Kl. 14-16.30

Kl. 19-21.30

Community house

 

The Government expect to participate at public meetings held at a later point in time.

Subject:

Raw materials

Hearingtype:

Environmental Assessment

Published:

18 december 11:19:00

Deadline:

13 september 16:00:00

Send your answer to:

mlsa@nanoq.gl