VANCOUVER (miningweekly.com) – Precious metals-focused project developer Seabridge Gold has undertaken significant effort to remediate the historic mining activities at the Johnny Mountain and Bronson mines, in north-western British Columbia, spending about C$6-million to date to ensure that the Iskut project is in compliance with the provincial regulations and authorisations.
Seabridge acquired the SnipGold properties late in 2016, inheriting a stable of active permits for the Iskut project, including four mining/mineral exploration permits at Johnny Mountain, the Iskut property, the Golden Triangle property and the Snip North property, as well as two licences of occupation covering the Bronson Slope airstrip and an adjacent property, which houses the camp and storage buildings.
These permits are in good standing and authorise all of the work planned for the 2018 programme, including mineral exploration, further reclamation and supporting activities such as camp construction.
In conjunction with the 2017 exploration programme, Seabridge proceeded with environmental work to ensure compliance with existing authorisations and to design remediation programmes to mitigate the impacts of historical mining activity.
Seabridge VP for environmental affairs Brent Murphy tells Mining Weekly Online that this work included a comprehensive evaluation of best practices for remediation, drawing from the Seabridge environmental team’s experiences at the nearby flagship Kerr, Mitchell and Sulphurets project (KSM), and other North America sites, as well as engaging the Tahltan First Nation and British Columbia regulatory officials.