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Canada approves world’s largest copper-gold mining project

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Copper & Gold ore of 130,000 tonnes per day over a mine life of 52 years

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Canada’s minister of the environment on Friday gave the green light to Seabridge Gold’s KSM project in British Columbia, the world’s largest undeveloped gold-copper project by reserves.

The joint harmonized federal and provincial environmental assessment process took nearly seven-years and KSM is only the second metal mine in five years to receive approval by Canada and BC.

Since 2006, Seabridge has spent more than $176 million in exploration, engineering and environmental work to bring the project this far.


Seabridge Gold plans combined open-pit and underground gold copper silver and molydenum mine in the Kerr, Sulphurets, and Mitchell Creek watersheds located approximately 65 kilometres northwest of Stewart, BC and roughly 35 km northeast of the Alaska border.

The deposit boasts 38.2 million ounces of gold, 9.9 billion pounds of copper, 191 million ounces of silver and 213 million pounds of molybdenum provable and probable reserves.

The mine is expected to process 130,000 tonnes per day of ore over an anticipated mine life of 52 years.

KSM forecasts 1,800 direct and 4,770 indirect jobs across Canada during the five-year construction period and 1,040 direct jobs annually while in production.

During construction, Seabridge will spend $3.5 billion in British Columbia and $6 billion in Canada. Over the life of the mine’s operations, more than $400 million in GDP will be produced for British Columbia and more than $42 billion for Canada.

Seabridge Gold holds a 100% interest in several North American gold resource projects with its Courageous Lake gold project located in the Northwest Territories its principal asset outside KSM.

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Henry Sapiecha


Thursday, December 22nd, 2011


The company driving a proposed coal mine in West Australia’s internationally-renowned wine region is looking into its options after the bid was rejected by the WA environment minister.

Environment Minister Bill Marmion on Wednesday rejected Vasse Coal Management’s proposal to develop a coal mine north-east of Margaret River due to environmental risk concerns.

The Minister backed Environmental Protection Authority recommendations made earlier in the year, which warned there would be significant impacts or risks from the proposed mine in Margaret River on the Leederville and Sue aquifers.

Five appeals to the EPA recommendations were made, which Mr Marmion will now have to take to the WA planning minister before the rejection can be finalised.

”Margaret River is a unique region with important environmental values which should be protected. From an environmental perspective, this project is too risky,” Mr Marmion said in a statement.

It was the second time Mr Marmion had knocked back appeals against the EPA recommendations to halt coal mining in as many days and meant there would be no new coal mining approvals in WA for the year.

Vasse Coal Project joint venture partners Vasse Coal and South West Coal engaged LD Operations to manage the approvals process.

LDO managing director Peter Ross said Mr Marmion’s decision went against the advice of government agencies and independent experts that further information was needed before the proposal’s environmental acceptability could be determined.

“LDO will now consider its rights with regards to the Minister’s decision,” he said in a statement.

The WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy has warned against a blanket ban on mining in Margaret River.

CME director Nicole Roocke said the Chamber was responsible for the one of the EPA appeals because it did not believe the decision against Vasse Coal had been based on proper research.

“CME appealed on the grounds the report lacked process and procedural fairness and departed from the Administrative Procedures used in the assessment process, which were established to provide certainty to industry, government and the public,” Ms Roocke said in a statement.

“It is important for all proponents and parties that such processes are consistent and transparent, and that the EPA establishes an evidence base to support decisions impacting the commercial position of resource companies.”

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