Government wants your thoughts on revised Mining Act

British Columbians are being asked to provide feedback on proposed changes to the Mines Act to improve regulation and oversight of the province’s mining sector.

The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources has created a new Mines Health, Safety and Enforcement Division.

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Independent from the Mines Competitiveness and Authorizations Division, Mines Health, Safety and Enforcement Division’s priorities are health, safety, compliance management, enforcement activities and auditing.

The ministry proposes the following amendments to the Mines Act:

• Formally separate specific authorities and decision-making powers under the Mines Act to ensure authorizations and permitting are separate from enforcement and auditing powers;

• Formally establish an independent oversight unit with an auditing function;

• Enhance compliance and enforcement provisions.

The Mines Act regulates all mining activities in B.C., from early exploration, to production and mine closures. It also covers applications and permits, health and safety, investigations, compliance and enforcement in the mining sector.

Public engagement will be open until Oct. 25.

To comment, fill out a short survey online at engage.gov.bc.ca, email feedback to minesactproposal@gov.bc.ca or mail feedback to Citizen Engagement, P.O. Box 9484 Stn. Prov. Govt., Victoria, B.C., V8W 9W6.

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