The joint panel reviewing the proposed Marathon Platinum Group Metals and Copper Mine project has revised the start date to Feb. 18 for the public hearing, following requests from various participants. The primary purpose for the hearing, which is expected to take four weeks, is for the panel to receive information to complete its environmental assessment of the project. First Nations will get the opportunity for input through community hearing sessions which are expected to take place in Pic River, Pic Mobert and Pays Plat. Community sessions will also be held for Métis organizations. Presentations on Aboriginal traditional knowledge will be accepted without an accompanying written submission. The proposed project is to be located 10 km north of the town of Marathon and involves the establishment and operation of an open pit mine and mill for extracting and processing copper and platinum group metals.