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Pacific Booker responds to Morrison mine concerns

The proponent of a controversial mine in northwest BC says it’s taking a look at its options after the BC government ordered more assessment of the project.

In a news release issued this week, Pacific Booker Minerals says it has consulted with “professional advisors” and is waiting for their suggestions on the best way to address the issues raised by the province regarding the Morrison mine.

Environment Minister Mary Polak and Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett both raised concerns about the proposed mine 65km northeast of Smithers.

Those issues include concerns over the mine’s design, mitigation measures, a lack of information on the Morrison Lake ecosystem, the environmental stakes, and whether or not other design alternatives or mitigation measures might be better designed.

The ministers concluded that the information currently available to them doesn’t give them enough confidence that the mine’s design can protect the environment.

The province wants more information on how the mine could affect the lake’s ecosystem, as well as greater engagement with the Lake Babine Nation and other First Nations.

Both the Gitxsan and Gitanyow said they were encouraged by the BC government’s decision requiring further study.

The First Nations say they’re extremely concerned about the mine’s potential impact on Skeena salmon.

Pacific Booker has three years to provide the requested information to the BC government.

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