The province has ordered Pacific Booker Mineral’s proposed Morrison copper and gold mine to undergo further assessment.
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 is asking for 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.
Pacific Booker Minerals has three years to provide the additional information.
The project is a conventional open pit mine with a planned extraction rate of about 30,000 tonnes a day and a mine life of 21 years.