Industry groups have long pushed for a streamlined process, citing the costs and time required to go through parallel procedures. 

However, there’s plenty of concern among environmental groups and First Nations leaders. The paper quotes Chief Roland Willson, of the West Moberly First Nation, as noting the area is home to existing mines, logging operations and a proposed wind farm. Thus it says he’s worried the process will not address cumulative effects of multiple projects in one area over time. 

The Sukunka project will be the subject of an open house in Chetwynd later this month, and there will be a 30-day window for public comments.

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