The Mining Association of British Columbia

The Mining Association of British Columbia

June 04, 2007 19:26 ET

Mining Association of British Columbia Welcomes Federal Government Decision on Galore Creek

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 4, 2007) - Mining Association of British Columbia President & CEO, Michael McPhie, today welcomed the final environmental assessment decision on NovaGold's Galore Creek mine project in northwest British Columbia.

"British Columbia has not had a new metal mine permitted in over ten years. This important announcement by Federal Minister John Baird, is most welcome by British Columbia's mining sector," said McPhie.

The Environmental Assessment Decision Statement, issued by the Federal Minister of Environment, represents a major hurdle for the Galore Creek project. Work on detailed mine permitting may now proceed in earnest.

"The assessment of Galore Creek is a testament to the work done by the NovaGold Team and their Tahltan First Nation partners. We are pleased to see the Federal Government recognizes the value of this work," added McPhie.

McPhie concluded by saying; "We are confident the Galore Creek Project will be carried out at the highest possible social, economic and environmental standards. This project will have a major positive impact on the northwestern region of BC and will be an economic driver of the entire BC economy for many years to come."

Today some 35 mining projects in British Columbia have moved beyond the exploration stage. Many are in permitting or environmental assessment processes. These projects represent well over $10 billion in new capital investment in the province, 10,000 direct jobs and value-added economic activity in every region of BC.

Contact Information

  • Mining Association of British Columbia
    Michael McPhie
    (604) 681-4321 ext 120 or Mobile: (778) 772-0528
    Mining Association of British Columbia
    Byng Giraud
    Senior Director, Policy & Communications
    (604) 681-4321 ext 110 or Mobile: (778) 233-6449