A Kamloops councillor wants the province to modernize B.C.’s mining laws.
Denis Walsh has issued a notice of motion on requesting, through the Union of BC Municipalities, the provincial government launch an advisory committee to gather input from stakeholders, First Nations and the public to determine how to modernize B.C.’s Mines Act and Mineral Tenure Act.
In 2013, Walsh said, a UBCM resolution passed that dealt with the issue.
“But it’s been sitting in a file or a box somewhere,” he said. “Now that we have a new government in the province, I feel that we should go back to UBCM … and get that advisory committee started.”
Walsh said the initiative was spawned from the Ajax mine debate, though the implications would be broadly felt throughout the province.
Projects that could be impacted include rock queries, gravel pits and mines. Walsh wants residents and communities to have a voice in decisions impacting them.
“It’s going to affect them the most,” Walsh said, noting environmental, dust and noise issues.
The motion will be debated at the March 5 council meeting. It has multiple hurdles before any changes would be made, first requiring council support before it would go to the UBCM for debate on whether that organization would lobby the province for creation of the advisory committee.