Northcliff Achieves Major Permitting Milestone for the Sisson Project
July 10, 2019 Vancouver, BC - Northcliff Resources Ltd. ("Northcliff" or the "Company") (TSX: NCF), on behalf of Sisson Mines Ltd., the general partner of the Sisson Project Limited Partnership (the "Sisson Partnership") is pleased to announce that the Sisson Tungsten-Molybdenum Project (the "Sisson Project") has received a final key federal authorization for the project.
Following extensive consultation with First Nations and the public, led by federal agencies Environment Canada and Climate Change and Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Metal and Diamond Effluent Regulation Schedule 2 amendment ("MDMER") authorization process is now successfully completed. Through this process, project designs regarding the placement of the tailings facility, the tailings technology to be used and the fish habitat compensation plan for the Sisson Project were thoroughly reviewed and the result has been published in the Canada Gazette, Part II: Metal and Diamond Mining Effluent Regulations --- Regulations Amending Fisheries Act SOR/2019-245 25/06/19
"Completion of the MDMER amendment represents an important milestone toward project development," said Northcliff President & CEO Chris Zahovskis.
Prior to the MDMER, the Sisson Project received Environmental Impact Assessment ("EIA") approvals from the provincial and federal governments in 2015 and 2017 respectively. A Cooperation Agreement between Woodstock First Nation and Sisson Partnership is in place and the Province of New Brunswick has signed an Accommodation Agreement with the six Maliseet First Nations of the province. The Company has also been engaged on optimizing engineering designs and soliciting offtake interest for the mine products as well as working through the provincial EIA conditions, some of which are required to be complied with prior to the start of construction and others in the operation phase. In addition, discussions to secure project financing are progressing.
The outlook for tungsten remains robust for the mid to long term and new, western-based tungsten projects are needed to meet forecast demand growth. As a projected long-life, low cost producer in an excellent geographical location with ready access to markets in North America, Europe and Asia through existing infrastructure, the Sisson Project is a strategic asset for the region.
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This release includes certain statements that may be deemed "forward-looking statements". All statements in this release, other than statements of historical facts, that address the in-progress financing, permitting, exploration drilling, exploitation activities and events or developments that the Company expects, are forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Assumptions used by the Company to develop forward-looking statements include the following: the Sisson Project will obtain all required environmental and other permits for construction of the mine, the Sisson Project will achieve targeted production levels; the Company's study and development of the Sisson Project will continue to be positive; contracted parties provide goods and/or services on the agreed timeframes; equipment necessary for construction and development is available and does not incur unforeseen breakdowns; no material labour slowdowns or strikes are incurred; plant and equipment functions as specified; geological or financial parameters do not necessitate future mine plan changes; and no geological or technical problems occur. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include uncertainty of shareholder support, the need for judicial and regulatory approvals, fluctuations in market prices, exploitation and exploration successes, continuity of mineralization, potential environmental issues and liabilities associated with exploration, development and mining activities, uncertainties related to the ability to obtain necessary environmental, land use and other permits, approvals, licenses and title on a timely basis and delays due to third party opposition, and development of properties located within First Nations treaty and asserted territories may affect or be perceived to affect treaty and asserted aboriginal rights and title, which may cause permitting delays or opposition by First Nations communities, changes in government policies regarding mining and natural resource exploration and exploitation, continued availability of capital and financing, and general economic, market or business conditions. Investors are cautioned that any such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. For more information on the Company, investors should review the Company's continuous disclosure filings that are available at www.sedar.com.