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Burnco Aggregate Mine ProPOSAL
in McNab Valley

UPDATE ( December 11, 2017)

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency announced that the public is invited to comment on its Comprehensive Study Report for the proposed BURNCO Aggregate Project. A public comment period started on Monday December 4, 2017 and ends on Monday January 22, 2018. All written comments received by online form, fax or mail during this comment period in relation to the documents noted above will be considered.

The application documents can be found here: http://www.ceaa.gc.ca/050/details-eng.cfm?evaluation=54754.

The BC Environmental Assessment Office recently closed a similar public comment period regarding its draft report; the SCRD staff report can be found on the November 23, 2017 Corporate and Administrative Services Committee agenda http://www.scrd.ca/agendas-2017 and the Board resolution from the November 23 Board meeting can be found http://www.scrd.ca/Minutes

PROJECT SUMMARY

BURNCO Rock Products, the owners of the properties DL 677, DL 677A, DL 6778 and Parcel A, DL 677B, and holder of adjacent foreshore tenure IMLB No. 240515, have proposed the development of an aggregate mine. The proposal estimates that average extraction rates will be 1.0 to 1.6 million tonnes of product per year from this site with the potential for up to 4.0 million tonnes to be extracted for special projects in some years. The gravel would be removed from site via a barge loading facility and barge (much like that used at the gravel mine in Sechelt).

The mine may operate for 16 years depending on the annual removal and the amount of gravel on site. Remediation would take place and it is proposed that the main mine area would become a new lake.
The gravel mine requires a mine permit from the province. BURNCO also applied to the SCRD to rezone the property to allow for on-site processing of the gravel. This project is also subject to the environmental assessment requirements of the Federal and Provincial Governments. The Federal and Provincial environmental assessments are harmonized so that they run together, although decisions are made independently.

Please contact Senior Planner, David Rafael at 604-885-6804 extension 4 or david.rafael@scrd.ca, if you have any questions.