The Mining Association of British Columbia

The Mining Association of British Columbia

September 17, 2007 19:05 ET

Mining Association of BC Disappointed With Kemess North Joint Review Panel Report Recommendations

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 17, 2007) - The Mining Association of British Columbia today reacted with disappointment to the Kemess North Joint Review Panel Report. The panel argued that economic and social benefits are outweighed by the risks of environmental, social and cultural effects.

"It is unfortunate that a project of such considerable importance to the entire province has been essentially halted by untested subjective concerns," said MABC President, Michael McPhie. "The fact is that the conclusions of the report state clearly that the test of environmental stewardship, the key aspect of the environmental assessment process, has been met and the project would not cause significant adverse environmental effects."

This process took well over three years and cost tens of millions of dollars.

"It seems as if the unresolved social and cultural considerations of the region far outweighed the tangible economic and environmental factors being considered," said McPhie. "This decision could potentially mean the loss of hundreds of high paying jobs and the flight of investment from an area desperately in need of economic activity."

The Mining Association of British Columbia believes this ruling seriously calls into question the Canadian environmental assessment process, and not just as it applies to mining. This ruling sends a poor message to the international investment community and implies that matters that are political in nature and not specifically relevant to environmental assessment can undermine the process.

In the future, it can be expected that, without significant changes, industry will look upon panel hearings as potential political roadblocks rather than opportunities for a balanced view of good science.

Contact Information

  • The Mining Association of British Columbia
    Michael McPhie
    President & CEO
    (604) 681-4321 ext 120 or Cell: (778) 772-0528
    Email: mmcphie@mining.bc.ca
    or
    The Mining Association of British Columbia
    Gavin C. Dirom
    Senior Director, Environment, Health & Safety
    (604) 681-4321 ext 116 or Cell: (778) 233-6459
    Email: gcdirom@mining.bc.ca
    Website: www.mining.bc.ca