Burnco Aggregate Mine ProPOSAL
in McNab Valley
bc information bulletin
An environmental assessment certificate has been issued to BURNCO Rock Products Ltd. (BURNCO) for the BURNCO project, following a decision by George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, and Michelle Mungall, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.
Having considered the Environmental Assessment Office’s (EAO) Assessment Report and the recommendation of the executive director of the EAO to issue a certificate, the ministers are confident that the project will be constructed, operated and closed in a way that ensures that no significant adverse effects are likely to occur. A record of the factors that the ministers considered in making their decision can be found in the document, Reasons for Ministers’ Decision, online: https://projects.eao.gov.bc.ca/p/burnco-aggregate/detail
The BC Environmental Certificate is here.
The full bulletin can be found here.
The project also received approval from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, details can be found online: http://www.ceaa.gc.ca/050/details-eng.cfm?evaluation=54754
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.