The Tahltan Nation and Seabridge Gold Inc. are pleased to execute a far-reaching Agreement covering protections of indigenous rights, the environment and shared economic benefits for the KSM Project. Seabridge Gold’s on-going relationship with the Tahltan Nation, which began more than a decade ago, coupled with the valuable contributions Tahltan representatives made to the evolution of KSM as well as the collaborative team efforts put in by all parties involved resulted in this important milestone for the Project and the region. The entire process of the Agreement took more than three years to ensure all environmental, cultural and economic concerns of the Tahltan Nation were heard and addressed appropriately. Seabridge Gold is extremely pleased with the Tahltan approach to engagement and negotiations which were professional and collaborative from the very beginning. Click here to know more.
As part of the proposed KSM Project’s Environmental Assessment, KSM Mining ULC was required to assess the impact of traffic associated with KSM on Highway 37 and 37A. An overview of the assessment can be found here: KSM Project’s Traffic Management
An updated overview of KSM Project’s Tailings Management Facility has been uploaded under ‘Responsible Tailings Management’ page on this website. It can also be found here: KSM Project’s Tailings Management Facility
The 2019 Terrace & District Chamber of Commerce Trade Expo recognized Seabridge Gold’s KSM Project team for their efforts to engage with the community through its exhibition booth at the event. Here are some pictures from the Expo.
Seabridge Gold sent a letter to Guy Archibald to correct a misunderstanding regarding the notification that occurred during the recently completed review of KSM Mining ULC’s request to extend the environmental certificate M14-01. Read the letter here.
Seabridge Gold announced today that the Environmental Assessment (“EA”) certificate for its KSM Project issued by the Province of British Columbia has been extended to July 29, 2024. The original KSM EA certificate was issued by the Province for an initial five year term on July 29, 2014 following a comprehensive independent environmental assessment review. Seabridge initiated the renewal process in October, 2018 following a thorough engagement with local Indigenous groups. The new five-year certificate was approved with the same terms and conditions as the original certificate, including the requirement to commence construction of the Project within the five-year period.
You may read the news release here
At the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities Convention (UBCM), the Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC) released information confirming that communities throughout British Columbia benefit from a strong and vibrant mining sector.
MABC and the Mining Suppliers Association of BC (MSABC) partnered to collect data on the economic benefits to Indigenous and local economies from 13 major metal and coal mine operations in British Columbia. The data shows that more than 125 municipalities and Indigenous communities have more than 3,000 businesses that support all aspects of B.C.’s mining operations.
Quick facts from the data collected –
- There are approximately 3,000 B.C. suppliers providing $1.35B worth of materials, goods and services to 6 of B.C.’s metal mines and 7 coal operations.
- The municipalities that make up the lower mainland, from Abbotsford to West Vancouver, cumulatively have approximately 1,200 companies that benefited from more than $460 million in spending.
- The municipality with most number of vendors active in B.C.’s mine supply chain was Kamloops with approximately 390 suppliers benefiting from nearly $219 million in spending.
- The City of Vancouver had the second most number of suppliers accessed with approximately 370 companies benefiting from $142 million in spending.
- Results are based on procurement data collected by iTotem – www.itotem.ca – on behalf of MABC and MSABC from 6 metal mines and 7 coal operations between May-August 2018. The data set covers 2017 cumulative procurement spend as self-reported by participating mining operations.
- Eligible costs are expenditures on goods, materials and services from suppliers in B.C.
Check out this interesting Infographic to understand how much local community throughout B.C is benefiting from B.C. mining operations.
As part of the BC Environmental Assessment process, Seabridge Gold was required to evaluate and adopt an effective selenium treatment technology for the KSM Project. In 2015, Seabridge Gold successfully completed a pilot plant evaluation of a new process for the removal of selenium from waters in northwest BC. This plant was constructed and operated by independent BQE Water Inc., Inc. using their Selen-IX™ treatment technology. Selen-IX™ treatment technology was chosen for application at KSM because the physico-chemical, non-biological nature of Selen- IX™ precludes effluent toxicity.
The Selen-IX™ treatment technology has now been issued a US patent further validating Seabridge Gold’s chosen approach for selenium treatment at its KSM Project.
Click here to read the news release.
The Independent Geotechnical Review Board (IGRB) established to review the technical aspects of the investigations, designs, construction, operation and closure of the major geotechnical structures for the KSM Project regularly shares detailed reports of its findings with Seabridge Gold. Two such recent reports are available below:
- Report No. 2, November 2017
- Report No. 3, June 2018
On June 11, Seabridge Gold sent letters to the producers and funders (Artchange Inc. Skeena Wild Conservation Trust, Salmon Beyond Border, Northern Confluence and Stand for Water) of the UPRIVERS documentary informing them that significant misleading and inaccurate information about the KSM Project is being presented in the documentary and requesting suspension of its screenings until the false statements are corrected.
Read the letter here