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Environmental Assessment and Review

Environmental Assessment and Review

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The KSM Project underwent one of the most comprehensive Environmental Assessments (EA) ever undertaken in Canada and British Columbia. After a seven-year (2007-2014) review process, which includes 36,000 pages of scientifically rigorous information complied by over 250 independent scientists from across 20 disciplines, independent review of the information by the Canadian and British Columbian Environmental Assessment Agencies, 20 U.S. Federal and Alaska regulatory agencies and the Nisga’a Lisims’ Government and meetings with independent regulators, the KSM Project received approvals under the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Act, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (1992) and the Nisga’a Final Agreement.

What is the EA process? – A way for governments, Rights-holders, Indigenous groups, and the general public to evaluate the potential environmental, economic, social, heritage, health, and cumulative effects of proposed industrial developments in Canada and British Columbia.

The Environmental Assessment Certificate for the KSM Project was issued with several legally binding conditions to ensure the Project will be constructed, operated and is decommissioned in a way that ensures that no significant adverse effects are likely to occur. Seabridge is already undertaking activities/programs to ensure these conditions are fulfilled. To learn more read the KSM Project Comprehensive Study Report

The project is not likely to cause adverse environmental effects as defined in the former Act (referring to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 1992), taking into account the implementation of mitigation measures described in the report” and “the mitigation measures and follow up programs described in the Report are appropriate for the project

Hon. Leona Aglukkaq, Former Minister of Environment for Canada

After consideration of the findings of the Assessment Report, Project design aspects and recommended conditions of the proposed EA Certificate, Recommendations of the Executive Director, and the key considerations as outlined in section 2 of these Reasons for Ministers’ Decision, and having regard to our responsibilities under the Act, we issued an EA Certificate for the Project. The EA Certificate includes legally enforceable conditions which gives us confidence to conclude that the Project will be constructed, operated and decommissioned in a way that no significant adverse effects are likely to occur.

Hon. Mary Polak, Former BC Minister of Environment and Hon. Bill Bennett, Former BC Minister of Energy and Mines