B.C.'s Blackwater gold and silver mine gets environmental approval

VICTORIA — An environmental assessment certificate has been granted for the Blackwater gold mine southwest of Vanderhoof, B.C.

A joint news release from the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Mines says the decision came after considering the report from the Environmental Assessment Office and submissions from Indigenous Nations.

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The proposed New Gold Inc. open-pit gold and silver mine would have a 44-square kilometre footprint and is expected to extract about 60,000 tonnes of ore per day during the mine's estimated 17-year operational life.

The statement says the ministers are confident that the Blackwater mine will be built, operated and closed in a way that ensures no significant adverse effects are likely to occur.

The certificate sets out 43 conditions for New Gold to meet, including an air and dust management plan, a caribou mitigation and monitoring plan and numerous conditions related to impacts on water.

New Gold estimates the $1.29-billion mine will take two years to build and will support almost 400 full-time equivalent jobs a year.

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