The Mining Association of British Columbia

The Mining Association of British Columbia

June 21, 2010 17:01 ET

The Mining Association of British Columbia: BC Opts for Responsible Effective Caribou Recovery Plan in Northeast

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 21, 2010) - The Mining Association of BC (MABC) supports the BC government's decision to adopt an innovative recovery strategy that will protect and augment the Burnt Pine herd of Woodland Caribou and create important jobs in Northeast BC.

The BC government's decision to restrict development in core caribou habitat while using sound management practices to protect and enhance existing caribou populations is welcomed by MABC. "This plan strikes an important balance between the need to protect sensitive species and the need for economic development in rural BC," said Pierre Gratton, President of MABC, "this plan also recognizes the ability and willingness for mining companies to act as stewards and be actively involved in protecting threatened species in the areas in which our industry operates."

The newly announced recovery strategy is the result a recent BC Supreme Court decision brought about by the West Moberly First Nations and requires the BC government protect and augment the Burnt Pine herd which consists of between 9 and 19 caribou. According to Mr. Gratton, "this decision will allow First Coal Corporation (FCC), the organization most affected by the court decision, to resume mine development plans which is a good thing for local communities who will benefit from new jobs and tremendous economic stimulus."

According to Doug Smith, President and CEO of FCC, "this plan will merge well with First Coal's existing caribou mitigation and monitoring program. We are already doing extensive work to protect the caribou and deter their predators, and look forward to work that could lead to an environmentally sensitive mining operation providing protection for the local caribou and significant economic benefits for the region."

The mining industry in BC is focused on continual improvement in environmental management and is encouraged by cases like this where environmental stewardship can dovetail with economic development resulting in enhanced wildlife management and much needed jobs.

MABC represents companies involved in the exploration and development, mining and smelting of minerals, metals, coal and industrial minerals in British Columbia. It is regarded as the pre-eminent voice of mining in the province.

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