NEWS RELEASE · 9th March 2013
Amendments no longer required for low-impact activities where permit in place.
Today, the Association for Mineral Exploration BC (AME BC) acknowledged the provincial government’s decision to exempt some low-impact activities from permit amendments when a Mines Act permit is already in place.
“Today’s announcement demonstrates that the provincial government is committed to streamlining regulations for mineral explorers,” said Gavin C. Dirom, President & CEO of AME BC.
“The exemption of low-impact activities from additional permitting will reduce unnecessary paperwork and delays for our members, for government and for First Nations.
At the same time, it will maintain the existing requirement for the government to consult First Nations before the start of a mineral exploration program and to notify First Nations about changes in the nature or duration of these programs.”
Under regulation effective September 1, 2013, induced polarization geophysical surveys, exploration drill programs on producing mines and extensions of proposed exploration work for up to two years will be allowed to proceed with notification to the provincial government.
“The provincial government has stated its commitment to streamline mineral exploration permitting while maintaining health, safety and environmental standards,” noted Michael McPhie, Chair of the Board of Directors of AME BC.
“We are pleased to see that the province has honoured its commitment to deliver legislation that will allow the work of our membership to discover and develop mineral resources for the benefit of all British Columbians.”
About AME BC:
AME BC is the lead association for the mineral exploration and development industry based in British Columbia. Established in 1912, AME BC represents, advocates, protects and promotes the interests of thousands of members who are engaged in mineral exploration and development in B.C. and throughout the world.
AME BC encourages a safe, economically strong and environmentally responsible industry by providing clear initiatives, policies, events and tools to support its membership.