Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Blue Pearl Mining open house

Here is an announcement of an open house to be held by Blue Pearl Mining. Blue Pearl is the mining company with plans to develop a molybdenum mine on Hudson Bay Mountain near Smithers.

If you are interested in learning more about the project or voicing concerns regarding water quality issues either attend the open house or submit a letter to the Environmental Assessment Office at the indicated e-mail.
Just another one of the seemingly neverending issues facing Skeena steelhead and salmon stocks these days. Both the Northern BC Steelhead Guides Association and the NCSA will be submitting letters outlining our concerns. Please note part of the plan is for a pipeline to carry run-off water from the minesite directly into the Bulkley river just near the airport.

Environmental Assessment of the Proposed Davidson Project
Public Comment and Open House

Blue Pearl Mining Inc. (the ‘Proponent’) is proposing to develop an underground molybdenum mine on the eastern flank of Hudson Bay Mountain, nine kilometres northwest of Smithers, B.C. The Project would produce an average of 2,000 metric tonnes of ore per day. The proposed Project is subject to review under British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Act and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

The Proponent has made an application (the ‘Application’) to obtain an environmental assessment certificate which is required before any work can be undertaken on the Project.

The Proponent has applied to have applications for provincial authorizations under the Water Act and the, Environmental Management Act reviewed concurrently with the Application.

There is a 55-day public comment period during which the EAO will accept comments on the proposed Project. The intention of seeking public comments is to ensure that all potential effects – environmental, economic, social, heritage and health – that might result from the Project are identified for consideration by the Proponent and the EAO as part of the assessment process.

The comment period will begin on September 18, 2008 and end at midnight on November 12, 2008. All comments received during this comment period will be considered.

In order to provide information to the public about the Application, the concurrent authorizations and to receive comments from the public, the Environmental Assessment Office of British Columbia (the ‘EAO’) invites the public to attend Open Houses to be held:

at: Hudson Bay Lodge on: September 23, 2008 from: 4:00 to 9:00 pm


at: Moricetown Multiplex on: September 24, 2008 from: 4:00 to 9:00 pm

Please submit your comments at the Open House or send your comments to: Kathy Eichenberger, Project Assessment Director

Environmental Assessment Office PO Box 9426 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, B.C. V8W 9V1

Fax 250-387-2208

Comments by e-mail may be directed to eaoinfo@gov.bc.ca

An electronic copy of the Application, the concurrent authorizations and information regarding the environmental assessment process are available at www.eao.gov.bc.ca. Copies of the Application are also available for viewing at these locations:

· Blue Pearl Office

1260 King St., Smithers, BC

· Smithers Library

3817 Alfred St. Smithers, BC

· Burns Lake Library

613 Government St., Burns Lake, BC

· Fraser Lake Library

228 Endako Ave., Fraser Lake, BC.


Steve Otto said...

I especially liked this part:

Please note part of the plan is for a pipeline to carry run-off water from the minesite directly into the Bulkley river just near the airport.

What kind of morons think this stuff up? Ummm, maybe a settling pond might be a good idea?

North Coast Steelhead Alliance said...

the pipeline does go from the settling ponds to the river, Steve.....so hopefully things wont get out of hand.
but you never know....

Steve Otto said...

ok, that's not as bad.

North Coast Steelhead Alliance said...

Just a further update: Blue Pearl Has an ad in the local newspaper in Smithers this week stating:
"All the water from the project will be treated and a water treatment facility will be built early in the construction phase to ensure the protection of the Bulkley river and the water you drink."
That sounds like a good start....