IDM Mining Ltd. Oct. 8 announced that it has been issued the provincial environmental assessment for its proposed Red Mountain gold-silver mine, a milestone that was heralded by First Nations, municipal and provincial leaders from the area of northwestern British Columbia where the underground mine is to be developed.
“Responsible natural resource development is an important part of our government’s plan to develop sustainable economies in rural B.C, with mining a cornerstone industry in the Northwest. We applaud the hard work by IDM and all stakeholders that contributed to this decision to advance the Red Mountain gold project,” said Hon. Doug Donaldson, MLA (member of the legislative assembly) for Stikine.
In 2017, IDM submitted the application for an underground gold mine at Red Mountain; mill and tailings site in the adjacent Bitter Creek Valley; water treatment facilities; access road from Highway 37 just north of Stewart, BC; and powerline interconnection from BC Hydro grid.
The application review phase included environmental and socioeconomic reviews with dozens of technical working group members and stakeholders, with respectful and thorough consultation with the Nisga’a Nation, the First Nations people of this region of northwestern British Columbia.
This consultation resulted in 38 conditions that are part of the Red Mountain EA certificate and other legally binding design requirements developed following the input from local stakeholders.
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