Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC)

Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC)

October 01, 2010 16:31 ET

AME BC: Mineral Explorers Applaud Premier Campbell's Speech at UBCM

WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 1, 2010) - Representatives of British Columbia's mineral exploration sector welcomed Premier Gordon Campbell's speech at the Union of BC Municipalities convention in Whistler today.

"The premier demonstrated tremendous leadership by emphasizing the important role that the mineral exploration and mining sector plays in this province," said Gavin C. Dirom, president and CEO of the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC). "The theme of this convention is 'Forging Gold Standards', and our members are exploring for, and developing, the mineral deposits of the future. Through his support for maintaining resource roads, building infrastructure, and reforming the federal-provincial environmental assessment process, the premier renewed his commitment to seeing the mineral exploration and mining industry prosper throughout the province."

Premier Campbell expressed his full support for the Prosperity Mine Project in the south Cariboo, and announced the government's intention to develop a practical and cost-effective program to prevent the decommissioning of resource roads that are used by citizens as well as prospectors and other small business operators in rural BC. The premier also noted his continuing support for initiatives currently underway, including the Northwest Transmission Line.

"We look forward to continuing to work with the BC government to ensure that mineral exploration and mining benefit all citizens of the province through investments in geoscience; proper funding of the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources; and aboriginal capacity building," concluded Dirom.

British Columbia's safe, modern, mineral exploration and mining sector employs over 85,000 people and represents $7 billion in annual economic activity. There are 10 metal mines as well as 9 coal mines and 35 industrial mineral quarries located throughout the province. In addition to three mines under construction at Mt. Milligan, New Afton, and Copper Mountain, there are currently 25 major mining projects seeking permitting or environmental approvals in BC. 

About AME BC:

AME BC is the predominant voice of mineral exploration in British Columbia. Established in 1912, AME BC represents thousands of members including geoscientists, prospectors, engineers, entrepreneurs, exploration companies, suppliers, mineral producers, and associations who are engaged in mineral exploration in BC and throughout the world. Through leadership, advocacy, and partnerships, AME BC promotes a healthy environment and business climate for the mineral exploration industry.

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