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Title: BC Mines Act permitting : update on government structure, roles, responsibilities and requirements
Author: Howe, D.; Demchuk, T.; Rollo, A.
Subject Keywords Chief Inspector of Mines;MEM;FLNRO;permitting requirements;MDRC
Issue Date: 2012
Publicly Available in cIRcle 2012-10-15
Series/Report no. British Columbia Mine Reclamation Symposium 2012
Abstract: The provincial government has introduced a new policy for natural resource management in the mineral exploration and mining sectors of British Columbia (BC) that follows a coordinated and integrated approach. The objective of this coordination and integration is to establish an authorizations process that improves the efficiency and reduces overlap of information requirements and consultation related to permitting and authorizations for major mines in the province. Typically, applications for major mining projects requiring technical reviews from multiple agencies are reviewed by a Mine Development Review Committee (MDRC), which is comprised of appropriate representatives from provincial agencies, federal agencies, and First Nations. The Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) remains the key contact for BC’s mining and mineral exploration industries and is the agency responsible for reviewing and permitting all mining and mineral exploration permit applications. The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) is the lead for coordinating the MDRC process, as required, and is also responsible for coordinating First Nations consultation. An update on government structure and new staff at MEM; a review of the role and responsibilities of MEM; a review of key requirements of permitting under the Mines Act; and, an update regarding the changes in government structure that may affect Mines Act permit applicants is provided.
Affiliation: Applied Science, Faculty ofNon UBC
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/43400
Peer Review Status: Unreviewed
Scholarly Level: Other

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