Gov’t tight-lipped on mines promotion

THE PROVINCIAL government isn't providing details on a key part of Premier Christy Clark's jobs creation plan.

In a speech yesterday in Surrey capping a four-day tour of the province promoting her plan, Clark committed herself to eight new mines and the expansion of nine currently operating mines by 2015.

  • Sep. 23, 2011 6:00 a.m.

THE PROVINCIAL government isn’t providing details on a key part of Premier Christy Clark’s jobs creation plan.

In a speech yesterday in Surrey capping a four-day tour of the province promoting her plan, Clark committed herself to eight new mines and the expansion of nine currently operating mines by 2015.

This growth is anticipated to generate an increase of $1.6 billion of additional revenue per year to government once these projects are fully operational,” indicated information which accompanied her speech.

This will also create approximately 1,800 new and sustain more than 5,000 direct-mining jobs in the province.”

But Clark’s ministry responsible for mines isn’t saying where the new mines are or the locations of existing mines to be expanded.

New and expanding mining projects are led by private companies that have confidentially agreements in place which preclude us from releasing information until companies have had a chance to publicly release their plans,” stated an email from the energy and mines ministry in response to a question about Clark’s statements.

Mining is important in many regions of the province. For example, Teck Resource Ltd. plans to expand a number of its coal mines in southeast British Columbia. As well, Teck announced Sept. 22 that it plans to spend almost $700 million on improvements at two of their metal mines, here in BC,” the email ended.

The latter sentence is in reference to Teck saying it will spend $210 million at its Trail location to improve its ability to recycle electronic waste and $475 million to modernize the mill at its Highland Copper mine in the southern interior.

Although Clark spoke of new mines and mine expansions in Surrey yesterday, she did not raise the topic during two of her jobs creation stops in the northwest this week, one at Prince Rupert and the other at Kitamaat Village.

Her emphasis in Prince Rupert was on expanding the port there and in Kitamaat on promoting the construction of liquefied natural gas plants.

But there are mineral properties in the northwest either under advanced development or on their way to production.

Topping the list is the Red Chris copper property owned by Imperial Metals.

It has full environmental approval and the company is now working on final permits.

Imperial wants the mine to be the first customer to buy power through the Northwest Transmission Line and both projects have scheduled completion dates of late 2013.

Seabridge Gold has now opened an office in Smithers as part of its work on the KSM property near Stewart and Avanti Mining continues work to reopen a closed molybdenum mine at Kitsault.

And by the end of this year, NovaGold and Teck will be ready to submit a plan to provincial regulators to open a copper and gold mine at Galore Creek.

 

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

First Tears to Hope Relay Run to Terrace for MMIWG

Over 50 participants are running the Highway of Tears from both Prince Rupert and Smithers

Antique window destroyed during latest break-in at George Little House

“I feel like I let the house down,” says manager

First dedicated rugby field in northern B.C. opens in Terrace

The Northmen Rugby Club held the ribbon-cutting celebration

Terrace’s first licensed marijuana store opens

KJ’s Best Cannabis will sell cannabis, pre-rolled joints and oils for customers

Under pressure: SD82 takes heat over principal reassignments

School district hears demands during packed board meeting in Terrace

Protesters rally in Victoria over newly approved Trans Mountain pipeline

The Still No Consent! No Trans Mountain! 20 kilometre march will end at Island View Beach

Wildfire burning in coastal forest

A fire beside the Sea to Sky Highway is burning up a steep slope

PHOTOS: Event marks one year since soccer team rescued from Thai cave

Nine players and coach took part in marathon and bike event to help improve conditions at cave

Rock climber dies after fall at Stawamus Chief in Squamish

The man had fallen about 30 metres while climbing in the Grand Wall area

Five B.C. students taken to hospital after playing with vaping device

School district said students were taken to hospital ‘out of an abundance of caution’

Being a pot dealer is not what it used to be

Sunday Big Read: the business of selling marijuana in B.C. is a slow bureaucratic slog

VIDEO: Two more pride flags have been stolen from Langley woman

Lisa Ebenal was “angry” and “fed up” after the latest theft. Then people started showing suppport

B.C. couple who has raised 58 children turns to community amid cancer diagnosis

Family who raised, fostered and adopted many kids hoping to gain some precious together time to fight cancer

Canucks acquire forward J.T. Miller from Lightning

J.T. Miller, 26, had 13 goals and 34 assists for the Lightning last season

Most Read