British Columbia: Proposed $1.8B mining project for Central B.C. gets environmental approval – by Betsy Trumpener (CBC News British Columbia – April 16, 2019)

Project could create up to 1,500 jobs during construction, ministry says

The federal environment ministry has greenlit a proposed $1.8 billion mining project in Central B.C.

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change announced its approval of the proposed Blackwater Gold project “following a thorough and science-based environmental assessment process.”

The announcement means an open-pit gold and silver mine could be built and operated about 110 kilometres southwest of Vanderhoof, B.C., several hours drive from Prince George.

Investment decision not yet made on 1.8B mine

But environmental approval from B.C. is still pending. And Blackwater Gold, owned by New Gold, said an investment decision hasn’t yet been made. The federal approval comes with 172 conditions the company must meet during the mine’s construction and operation to reduce or eliminate any harm that could be done to the environment.

The conditions, according to the ministry, protect wetlands, caribou, fish and fish habitat, migratory birds, the current use of lands and resources by Indigenous peoples as well as physical and cultural heritage and structures.

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