Why Baseline Studies Matter. These studies are completed to document the status of the environment at the PLS project areas prior to any development and are vital in predicting and evaluating potential environmental impacts. The information collected during these studies represents the “baseline” conditions to which all future studies can be compared.
The company commenced environmental work in 2013, hiring CanNorth Environmental (100% owned by the First Nations LaRonge Band – Kitsaki Development Corp.) to conduct baseline environmental studies.
As the PLS project has developed, Fission and CanNorth have adjusted the scope of the ongoing baseline environmental data collection and analysis. As a result of this work, and the company’s communication with local rights holders and stakeholders, Fission has been able to develop an incredible depth of understanding and awareness of the land.
This knowledge continues to grow in line with the company’s increasing community engagement. It has been, and continues to be, of great importance in developing Fission’s plan for advancing the project towards construction and eventual production.
Aquatic Studies. The aquatic and hydrologic portions of the baseline studies were carried out from 2013 to 2017. These include:
Terrestrial Studies. The multi-year terrestrial component of the baseline program commenced 2018 and includes:
At the start of the exploration phase, Fission pro-actively developed an industry leading drill cuttings capture methodology when working from barges to prevent potential contaminants from reaching the lake. This approach is cconsidered state of the art for uranium tailings in the Province of Saskatchewan, which is a world class mining jurisdiction and the world’s second largest uranium district.
One of Canada’s leading uranium mining and ESG experts was hired in 2017 to advise Management and the Board on the process of advancing the project in an optimal way.
With such a shallow deposit, the PLS project has the flexibility to be developed via underground, open pit and a hybrid of both methods. After communications with the local communities, and actively seeking their input and feedback, Fission has opted for an underground-only mine plan. This approach enables Fission to mine the entire deposit while having the advantage of a lower CAPEX and minimized environmental footprint.
Highlights of this mine plan include:
Fission is Compliant with permits and permissions and the project is frequently inspected by MOE per the Province’s regulations.