B.C. mines minister proposes more cross-border co-operation with Alaska (Vancouver Sun)
Mines Minister Bill Bennett said Wednesday he’s willing to provide more access to the province’s environmental assessment system to address Alaskans concerns over mines that could effect transboundary waters.
Bennett finishes up a five-day trip to Alaska on Thursday, where he has met with state officials and numerous groups that have concerns about the potential effects of effluent released from mines in British Columbia into waters that flow into Alaska.
Imperial Metal’s Red Chris gold-copper mine is already in production in the northwest corner of the province and there are other planned mines in the region. Those included Seabridge’s $5.4-billion KSM gold-copper-silver mine and Pretium’s $811-million Brucejack gold-copper mine.
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