Letters: KSM mine approval good news before Christmas

Dear Editor,

Although it likely escaped everyone’s notice in the hectic shopping days before Christmas, there was some very good news in mid-December for the B.C. mining industry and the B.C. economy: the federal government announced approval of the KSM gold and copper mine in the northwest of the B.C. near the Alaska border. 

The KSM mine is thought to be the largest undeveloped gold reserve in the world and is more evidence of the enormous natural resource wealth we have in this province. The company developing the mine project (Seabridge Gold) spent six years and $200 million diligently and patiently working with governments, local First Nations, and even the state of Alaska to bring the project to this stage. 

Needless to say, six years is a long time and $200 million is a lot of money. The time and money invested are a stark reminder that the mine approval process remains onerously long and comes with a very high level of risk. The same can be said for all resource industries in B.C. that go through the approval process.

I’m all for environmental protection and making sure the impact of mining and other resource operations are minimized and mitigated, but surely our governments – both federal and provincial – should be able streamline and shorten the approval process and reduce the risk involved. 

Doing so would lead to increased economic growth and the creation of many more high-paying jobs in the mining industry and the industries that supply and support mining. 

Let’s make 2015 the year in which our governments finally take meaningful action to streamline the approval process and reduce the risk that stifles economic growth and job creation.

Fred Reemeyer, Coquitlam

Just Posted

Langley has no legion branch but will have poppy sales

A special poppy campaign starts later this month and needs volunteers.

Second Langley man found guilty in $6 million fraud

The co-accused in the Aggressive Roadbuilders fraud admitted his guilt in court.

‘Police are ready’ for legal pot, say Canadian chiefs

But Canadians won’t see major policing changes as pot becomes legal

Giants hand Victoria their first loss of the season

Langley’s WHL team went head to head with the Royals for the second day in a row, beating them 3-2.

VIDEO: Rollover closes down Willowbrook Drive in Langley overnight

Mounties are working to find the cause of a crash early Sunday morning on the Langley-Surrey border.

Naked man jumping into Toronto shark tank a ‘premeditated’ stunt: official

The man swam in a tank at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Trump: Saudi king ‘firmly denies’ any role in Khashoggi mystery

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is travelling to the Middle East to learn more about the fate of the Saudi national

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65

Allen died in Seattle from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Transport Canada to take new look at rules, research on school bus seatbelts

Canada doesn’t currently require seatbelts on school buses

Sockeye run in Shuswap expected to be close to 2014 numbers

Salute to the Sockeye on Adams River continues until Sunday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m.

Michelle Mungall’s baby first in B.C. legislature chamber

B.C. energy minister praises support of staff, fellow MLAs

Canucks: Pettersson in concussion protocol, Beagle out with broken forearm

Head coach Travis Green called the hit ‘a dirty play’

Aldergrove Starfish program gets boost

Jazz Pilots for Kids donates $4,871 for after-school food program

Most Read