At Seabridge Gold, we believe in sharing regular updates about the company and its Projects with the communities. To know about our latest news, future plans and our achievements of the past year, read our 2017 annual newsletter here.
In 2016, the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines commissioned international engineering, geoscience and environmental consulting firm Klohn Crippen Berger to complete a third-party comparison of mining legislation and guidelines in British Columbia, Montana and Alaska. The comparison found B.C.’s requirements for mining to be equal to or more stringent than those in Montana or Alaska. Results can be found here.
Further information about the Code Review can be found here.
On July 20, 2017, DeSmog Canada Published an article titled Why We Need to Clean Up Mining if We Want a Renewable Energy Economy. The article contained the subheading, KSM Mine Allowed to Proceed with Massive Tailings Dam Despite Mount Polley, wherein incorrect and/or incomplete information was written about KSM’s Tailings Management Facility (TMF).
The facts about KSM’s TMF are as follows:
- The proposed KSM TMF is not like the Mount Polley facility. KSM does not have earthen dams, instead, our tailing dams will be constructed using a centre lined design; we will use double cycloned tailing sand as the construction material; and our facility will be located within a valley with dams located at the ends of the storage structure.
- The Expert Technical Panel formed after the Mount Polley incident did not recommend no further use of wet tailings storage, but highlighted that projects must move towards the implementation of Best Available Tailings Technology (BATT), such as the use of dry stacking, underground backfill and mined out pits as potential management options to prevent future accidents.
- The Expert Technical Panel did not comment on the KSM Project or specifically its proposed tailing management facility, as is indicated in the article. Furthermore Dr. Dirk van Zyl, one of the Mount Polley Independent Panel members, in a publicly available letter to the then BC Minister of Mines, Bill Bennett, dated August 18, 2015, indicated that “BATT is not a single technology; its selection is based upon a site-specific risk management process with the outcome of a stable and resilient tailings deposit.”
- Seabridge, immediately after the Mount Polley incident, committed to the establishment of an Independent Geotechnical Review Board (IGRB) to oversee and comment on the design of the major structures planned for and not yet built at KSM. This board was formed in January 2015 and contains more than 350 years of world wide experience in the management of large scale geotechnical structures. (http://seabridgegold.net/News/Article/503/independent-geotechnical-review-board-established-for-ksm-project)
- In April 2016, the IGRB confirmed the design of the proposed structures for the KSM Project were appropriate and were deemed safe. The findings of their first report are publicly available on the KSM Project website. (http://seabridgegold.net/News/Article/587/design-of-tailing-management-facility-and-water-storage-dam-at-ksm-receives-vote-of-confidence-from-independent-geotechnical-review-board; http://ksmproject.com/independent-review-board/)
- Seabridge in recognition that our Provincial Environmental Assessment Certificate was issued prior to the Mount Polley incident and in response to the Independent Expert Engineering Investigation and Review Panel report on the breach of the Mount Polley tailing storage facility, initiated in August 2015, a further Best Available Tailings Technology review of the planned management approach for KSM.This study confirmed the existing tailing management facility design, consisting of centerline dams constructed with double cycloned sand and a till core in association with wet tailings deposition, is the best available technology for tailings deposition and the most environmentally responsible design to minimize long term risks associated with the proposed tailing storage facility for the KSM Project. This conclusion confirms the findings from KSM’s Independent Geotechnical Review Board that the TMF’s design is robust and appropriate for KSM’s site specific characteristics. (http://seabridgegold.net/News/Article/617/seabridge-gold-s-design-of-ksm-project-s-tailing-management-facility-confirmed-as-best-available-technology-by-leading-engineering-firm ; http://ksmproject.com/bat-report/)
- As a further step in its review process for our proposed tailings management approach, Seabridge commissioned an independent review of the BATT report by Dr. Dirk van Zyl. Dr. van Zyl is a world-recognized expert in tailings, mined-earth structures, and sustainability with over 40 years of experience. He is currently a faculty member at UBC’s Faculty of Applied Science and was a member of the Independent Expert Engineering Investigation and Review Panel investigating the Mount Polley tailing storage facility breach. In his review of the Klohn Crippen report, Dr. van Zyl states: “I support the overall conclusions of the KSM BATT report. The evaluation shows that using filtered tailings at this project is not a feasible option as it will not result in moving to zero failures. Adding complexity to tailings management, as filtered tailings will do at the KSM site, does not promote the overall goal of moving to zero failures. (http://seabridgegold.net/News/Article/617/seabridge-gold-s-design-of-ksm-project-s-tailing-management-facility-confirmed-as-best-available-technology-by-leading-engineering-firm)
Seabridge encourages anyone with questions or concerns about the KSM project to contact us directly. We will provide timely and factual responses to all questions.
On July 5, 2017, Brent Murphy sent a letter to Biological Station, Headwaters Montana and National Parks Conservation Association to correct inaccuracies about the KSM Project in their June 29, 2017 memo addressed to the Alaskan Governor and Lieutenant Governor and titled “Montana’s Experience – A Guide to Protecting Alaska’s Transboundary Future”.
Read our letter here.
On January 6, Seabridge Gold’s Brent Murphy responded to erroneous quotes attributed to Salmon Beyond Borders in an article published by DeSmog Canada titled “Southeast Alaskans Ask Canada to Strengthen Its Environmental Laws” and false claims made by them to the CEAA Review Panel in Prince Rupert, BC on December 9, 2016.
Read our letter to Jill Weitz of Salmon Beyond Borders.
On December 30, Seabridge Gold’s Brent Murphy responded to erroneous statements attributed to Salmon Beyond Borders in an article published by DeSmog Canada titled “Southeast Alaskans Ask Canada to Strengthen Its Environmental Laws”.
Read our letter to DeSmog here.
On December 19, 2016, Brent Murphy sent a letter to the CEAA Review Panel to correct the record after inaccurate statements, attributed to Salmon Beyond Borders, were presented at the CEAA Review Panel Hearing in Prince Rupert, British Columbia on December 9, 2016.
Read the letter here
On December 19, Seabridge Gold’s Brent Murphy responded to inaccurate statements attributed to Salmon Beyond Borders in an article published by the Northern View newspaper titled “Federal Environmental Review Panel Hears System Must Change”.
Read our letter here
Toronto (Canada)… Seabridge Gold Inc. announced today it has received a licence from the Government of Canada required for the construction, operation and maintenance of the Water Storage Facility and associated ancillary water works at its 100%-owned KSM Project located in northwestern BC.
The licence, as authorized within the International Rivers Improvement Act (IRIA), regulates all structures and activities situated on transboundary waters shared with the United States that have the potential to impact water quality and quantity. The Water Storage Facility (WSF) and its ancillary water works (water diversion ditches and tunnels) are the primary water management control systems for the KSM Project. These facilities separate water which has not contacted mined material from so-called contact water originating from disturbed areas of the mine site and then contain the contact water prior to treatment and eventual release to the receiving environment. These facilities are situated on Mitchell and Sulphurets creeks, tributaries of the transboundary Unuk River system that flows into Alaska. The licence was granted for a term of 25 years under the International Rivers Improvements Regulations as administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada.
You may read the news release here
Updated PFS Confirms KSM Reserves Economic at Current Metal Prices
PEA Including New Discoveries Substantially Improves Estimated Profitability
Toronto, Canada – Seabridge Gold Inc. announced today that it has filed a NI 43-101 Technical Report at www.sedar.com for its 100%-owned KSM project located in northern British Columbia, Canada. The Technical Report includes previously announced results from an updated Preliminary Feasibility Study (the “PFS”) and a new Preliminary Economic Assessment (the “PEA”). The 2016 PFS was prepared by Tetra Tech, Inc. and the PEA was prepared by Amec Foster Wheeler Americas Limited. Both studies estimate operating and total costs for KSM that are well below industry averages for producing mines.
You may read the news release here