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Update on Government of SK Response to RCE SK Yancoal Submission

Dear RCE Saskatchewan Colleagues,

You will recall that RCE Saskatchewan has to date made two submissions to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment in response to its request for public input on the proposed Yancoal Southey Potash Mine's Environmental Impact Study (EIS). Please see attached the most recent response from the Hon. Herb Cox, Minister of Environment, to RCE Saskatchewan's latest letter (which is also attached for your reference). The original RCE Saskatchewan submission can be found on our website:

While the RCE is disappointed that there will not be a hearing under section 14(1) of the Saskatchewan Environmental Assessment Act to gather what we see as important additional information needed to assess the proposed project, we will continue to keep you informed of our next steps as an RCE. Again, thank you to Dr. Garth Pickard and Dr. Ray Ambrosi for their good work on all of this.


Roger Petry, Co-coordinator
RCE Saskatchewan

Global RCE Award Certificate Received for RCE SK Flagship Project

You will find attached a copy of the certificate from the United Nations University and accompanying letter that has just been received for the Global "RCE Recognition Award 2015". This award was given to the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN), a flagship project of RCE Saskatchewan. Congratulations to VSSN! Further information about VSSN can be found at the following website:

SK Ministry of Environment Reply to RCE SK Submission on Yancoal EIS

Dear RCE Saskatchewan Colleagues,

As you are aware from earlier correspondence, RCE Saskatchewan made a submission to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment in response to its request for public input related to the proposed Yancoal potash mine near Southey. Attached please find the reply from the Minister of Environment, Hon. Herb Cox, to the RCE's submission. RCE Saskatchewan has since submitted a reply to the Minister's letter outlining concerns that were felt not to have been addressed in the Ministry's letter. This RCE reply is also attached below. Please note that the original RCE Saskatchewan submission on the Yancoal EIS can be found on the RCE Saskatchewan main website at:

Thank you to Dr. Garth Pickard and Dr. Ray Ambrosi for their good work on these submissions as Co-coordinators of the RCE Saskatchewan Sustainable Infrastructure Working Group.

-Dr. Roger Petry, Co-coordinator, RCE Saskatchewan

Budget cuts ends 42 - year partnership between Province and humanitarian groups

This is very sad day for Saskatchewan's overseas work in sustainable development (see SCIC news release attached below).--Roger

RCE Saskatchewan Response to Yancoal Environmental Impact Study

Dear RCE Saskatchewan Colleagues,

This is to provide you with a quick update regarding the work of the RCE Saskatchewan Sustainable Infrastructure Working Group. As you are aware, Yancoal Canada Resources Company Limited (Yancoal) is engaged in the development of the Yancoal Southey Project, a proposed solution potash mine located 60 kilometres north of Regina. On April 13, 2016, the Yancoal Environment Impact Study (EIS) was released by the provincial government. Saskatchewan communities were provided the opportunity to review the document and provide responses before the deadline of June 6, 2016. Dr. Garth Pickard and Dr. Ray Ambrosi, Co-coordinators of the RCE Sustainable Infrastructure Working Group, have led the development of the RCE Saskatchewan response and finalized the RCE Saskatchewan submission. Thanks to both of you for this dedicated effort and hard work in meeting this deadline and to all those who assisted in contributing to the submission.

Attached you will find a copy of the final letter submitted to the Government of Saskatchewan which includes its Appendix containing supporting information. The RCE submission raises important questions that will hopefully be useful in guiding the Province's environmental assessment of the project and reviewing aspects of its overall sustainability.

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