Environmental permitting needs more flexibility, says Yukon placer miner – by Dave Croft (CBC News Canada North – September 4, 2018)


Stuart Schmidt says the adversarial nature of the permitting process is dividing Yukoners

A longtime Yukon placer miner says the territory’s environmental regulations are dividing Yukoners when they should be building bridges.

Stuart Schmidt is reacting to concerns about placer mining’s effects on wetlands in the Indian River and its tributaries, about 30 kilometres south of Dawson City.

The Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation is asking the Yukon Water Board to hold a public hearing about mining on undisturbed wetlands in the Indian River valley. The request is part of an intervention on 5582 Yukon Ltd.’s application for water and land use approvals on hundreds of claims.

First Nation calls on gov’t to take action

The First Nation and others have been pressuring the territorial government to take action on the issue in recent years.

The Tr’ondek Hwech’in “is not against placer mining and we support responsible mining – many of our citizens make a living, directly or indirectly, from jobs within this industry,” the First Nation says in documents filed with the Water Board.

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