This has been called a "crucial week" for the future of Dominion Diamond's Ekati mine in Canada's NWT as it faces hearings initiated by an environmental watchdog about its proposed expansion of the mine - a project named the Jay pipe. "Dominion believes opening up Jay – by building a dyke, draining part of a lake and digging an open pit – will keep the mine open for an additional 10 years, to 2030," reports mining.com.
Last week, Dominion said it plans to begin construction on a different, already permitted diamond pipe in the first half of next year. Without either expansion, Ekati will run out of its existing reserves run by 2020. After the upcoming hearings, the Mackenzie Valley Review Board will make a recommendation to the government regarding whether or not the project should go ahead.