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6 Oct 2023


Canada: Advocacy groups call for environmental assessment for Copper Mountain Mine extension

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"Pressure builds on ‘B.C.’ to review mine expansion that syilx communities say threatens the Similkameen River" 6 October 2023

The Lower Similkameen Indian Band (LSIB) and Upper Similkameen Indian Band (USIB) have both called for a full environmental assessment of the Copper Mountain Mine’s extension project in letters to the province in June and July, respectively. A formal request for this assessment from LSIB is currently under review.

Twenty-two environmental groups on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border — including the Wilderness Committee, David Suzuki Foundation, Okanogan Highlands Alliance and SkeenaWild Conservation Trust — are now putting their weight behind this call...

The Copper Mountain Mine has been in operation along the Similkameen River south of “Princeton” since 1972. The proposed New Ingerbelle Extension, which the Copper Mountain Mine (BC) Ltd. applied for in 2019, would expand the existing New Ingerbelle Pit and associated infrastructure by 298 hectares...