They include induced polarization and exploration drill programs on operating mine sites. The timing of proposed exploration work has also been extended by two years.
These activities will be allowed to proceed without another permit or permit amendment, as the province argues they pose a “very low health, safety, or environmental risk.” Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, argues that these changes are making the permitting process more efficient.
“As B.C.’s ‘one land manager’, my ministry is committed to getting to natural resource development decisions faster,” he says. “Low-risk mining activities, such as timeline extensions for previously approved exploration drilling, do not require in-depth review. We’re removing bureaucratic processes that will enable companies to create local jobs quicker.”
30 days advance notice must be provided to a mines inspector before each activity, submitted online through FrontCounter B.C.