Skagit-Manning Donut Hole –Public Comment invited on Mineral Exploration Application

Skagit-Manning Donut Hole –Public Comment invited on Mineral Exploration Application

Submitted by Bev Ramey Bev@naturevancouver.ca

Many of you are aware that logging occurred last year in what is known as the Manning-Skagit ‘Donut Hole’. The Donut Hole refers to the area not yet included within the parks but surrounded by Manning and Skagit Provincial Parks. This area has not yet received park designation due to an old mining claim, and the Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission is negotiating to buy out this claim. Government allowed logging to occur last year, but after public expressed grave concerns the logging has been put on hold. BC Nature sent a letter about the logging last July 20, 2018.

Now the holder of the mining claim, Giant Copper/Imperial Metals Inc, has applied for a multi-year permit for mineral exploration. Details of the company’s application to Front Counter BC can be seen at the link, provided for government agency response:

Company Application Details

Given the extensive concerns raised by many organizations, government has invited the public to comment. The deadline for public comment is soon, this Friday, May 17th. BC Nature sent its letter April 8th, 2019, and asked that the exploration not be approved. However, if it is approved, then there should be clear restrictions and good oversight. The BC Nature letter is copied below.

Email your comments on the application for mineral exploration by May 17th to Don Harrison, Senior Inspector of Mines Permitting, SouthwestMinesDivision@gov.bc.ca

Given the extensive concerns raised by many organizations, government has invited the public to comment.  The deadline for public comment is soon, this Friday, May 17th.  BC Nature sent its letter April 8th, 2019, and asked that the exploration not be approved.  However, if it is approved, then there should be clear restrictions and good oversight.

BC Nature Letter PDF

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