The Lake Babine Nation says a new application involving a proposed gold and copper mine near the headwaters of the Skeena River doesn’t fix the problems identified in the provincial rejection of the project.
Pacific Booker Minerals wants to convert its mineral claim in the Morrison Lake area near Granisle into a mining lease, a move Lake Babine Chief Wilf Adam says appears to be geared at attracting investors and save the struggling proposal.
Adam says the open-pit mine is fundamentally flawed and its location less than 100 metres from the salmon-rich Morrison Lake would threaten wild sockeye.
After a court-ordered reconsideration by the province, the BC government ordered the project undergo further assessment.
Adam says the Lake Babine answer remains no.
The original Morrison Mine application was rejected by BC in 2012 over unacceptable environmental risk and in part due to the Lake Babine’s “moderate to strong” Aboriginal title claim to the area.
Chief Adam says, at the end of the day, the nation’s Aboriginal rights and title trump Pacific Booker’s attempts to “entrench itself” into Lake Babine territory.