If Kamloops City council gets support from the Union of B.C. Municipalities, future mine proposals within 10 km. of city boundaries could require approval from the City first.
Council today (Feb. 27, 2018) shelved a proposal by Coun. Dieter that would have asked for an outright ban of mine projects within 10 km. of any municipal boundaries.
Their concern was over various details of the idea. After several council members spoke against Dudy’s idea, they all came to tacit agreement to try another approach, and unanimously defeated Dudy’s notice of motion.
Then, Coun. Donovan Cavers and his trusty iPad immediately presented a replacement motion that would give councils veto power over mines in close proximity. Following is my best attempt at transcribing his motion:
WHEREAS under the current legislation, a mining operation may be established within or near municipal boundaries which can have negative impact on environmental and economic conditions as well as the physical and social health of established communities;
AND WHEREAS proposed major mines, major expansions and upgrades to existing mines, and some large-scale exploration and development projects require approval under various articles of federal and provincial legislation, including but not limited to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the Mines Act of BC, and the Mineral Tenure Act;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) lobby the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy to amend the Mines Act of BC and any other relevant articles of legislation to require approval of all future mining projects within 10 kilometers of the municipal boundary of established communities by these local governments.
The motion passed 5-4 and will go to the UBCM’s annual convention in September. If passed there, the UBCM will present it to the provincial government for consideration.
Mayor Ken Christian and councillors Ray Dhaliwal, Arjun Singh and Pat Wallace voted against the motion.