ZEN Graphene Solutions (TSXV: ZEN) reported this week that it is collaborating with Constance Lake First Nation to incorporate traditional knowledge into the environmental baseline studies for its Albany graphite project near Thunder Bay, Ontario.
In a press release, ZEN said that the studies are already underway and, together with social baseline assessments, they will be an important input into future project development plans, which include a project design, a class environmental assessment and regulatory permitting.
“As part of our baseline program design, staff and leadership of CLFN [Constance Lake First Nation] are actively involved to ensure meaningful engagement and economic development opportunities,” Francis Dubé, ZEN’s CEO, said in the media brief. “By integrating baseline data into the early project planning stage, ZEN will maximize the value to the benefit of both our shareholders and the local community.”
Albany is a microcrystalline graphite deposit with a completed PEA. According to ZEN, material recovered from the site easily converts or exfoliates to graphene and therefore has the potential to be a precursor component of devices used by the aerospace, biomedical, water treatment, transportation and civil engineering sectors.