Panel ruling shakes B.C. miners (The Globe and Mail)

Panel ruling shakes B.C. miners (The Globe and Mail)

by NationTalk on September 18, 20071304 Views

Panel ruling shakes B.C. miners
Rejection of plan for Northgate mine a blow to sector on the rebound

00:00 EDT Tuesday, September 18, 2007

VANCOUVER — A government panel has agreed with aboriginal opposition and threatened to block a proposed copper-gold project in northern British Columbia, raising worries that the mining industry’s comeback in the province could be jeopardized by uncertainty over land claims and other native concerns.

In a decision released yesterday, a federal-provincial panel concluded the project proposed by Northgate Minerals Corp. would not be – in its present form – in the public interest. It also noted that native groups remain steadfastly opposed, despite the potential for jobs and payments of $1-million a year over the life of the Kemess North project.

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