The BC government has given a green light to a new copper-gold mine in Northern BC.
The Ministries of Environment and Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources have agreed to grant an Environmental Assessment Certificate to the Mount Milligan project, located 90 kilometres north of Fort St. James and 90 kilometres west of Mackenzie.
Operated by the Terrane Metals Corporation, the proposed open-pit mine will have a capacity to process 60,000 tonnes of ore per day, to be transported by rail to either Vancouver or Prince Rupert. As always, there are certain environmental commitments the company will be expected to abide by, including water management and appropriate storage of tailings.
The $917 million project is expected to provide 370 jobs over the 30-month construction period, and then approximately 400 full-time jobs annually over the 15-year lifespan of the mine.
A government release states Terrane Metals will still need to obtain the necessary provincial licenses, leases and other approvals before the project can proceed.