Seabridge dealing with damages from previous mining activities in northern BC – by Valentina Ruiz Leotaud ( – February 12, 2018)

The Association of Mineral Exploration in British Columbia recently awarded Seabridge Gold (TSX: SEA)(NYSE:SA) the 2017 Robert R. Hedley Award for excellence in social and environmental responsibility at its KSM project, which the company says is one of the largest undeveloped gold projects in the world measured by reserves.

Inspired by the work at KSM, Brent Murphy, Seabridge Vice President of Environmental Affairs, decided to replicate the experience at Iskut, the firm’s second project in northern BC, which was obtained with the closing of Seabridge’s acquisition of SnipGold Corp. in June 2016.

The 29K-hectare property is located some 110 km northwest of Stewart and includes the former high-grade gold Johnny Mountain Mine and the copper-gold Bronson Slope deposit.

Previous to this acquisition and to the consolidation SnipGold carried out from 2005 on, the place had been operated and managed by more than a dozen companies. Thus, as soon as Seabridge bought it, Murphy and his team realized they had a few challenges ahead given the lack of a focused environmentally sustainable development plan.

In other words, the site was abandoned and some infrastructure was left there including a processing plant, an airstrip, 3.5 kilometers of underground workings, an 11.5-hectare flooded tailings impoundment, several small waste rock dumps and several landfills.

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