Clock stops on Harper Creek’s environmental review

The suspension order was issued in order to provide sufficient time for the company to provide additional information

Yellowhead Mining Inc. announced on July 2 that it and the BC Environmental Assessment Office had agreed to the BC EAO issuing an order suspending the 180-day review period timeline for Yellowhead’s Harper Creek mine project.

The suspension order was issued in order to provide sufficient time for the company to provide additional information requested by the BC EAO.

The 180-day application review period commenced on Jan. 28, 2015.

The review of the Harper Creek environmental assessment application will, however, continue during this period.

According to Yellowhead, the company is currently in the process of responding to comments from the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (BC EAO) and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEA Agency), together with members of the Working Group, on the application (EA application) for an environmental certificate (EA certificate) for the Harper Creek Project.

In addition, the company is undertaking an updated alternatives assessment for Harper Creek, and continues to evaluate the conclusions and recommendations of the independent expert report on the Mount Polley tailing storage facility breach for its relevance and applicability to Harper Creek.

Yellowhead continues to work with the BC EAO and the CEA Agency with respect to the additional work and documentation required to properly respond to the requirements of the BC EAO with respect to these matters in order to complete the environmental assessment process for Harper Creek.

The company also continues to pursue additional working capital to complete the environmental assessment process and to continue the ongoing development of Harper Creek.

Harper Creek is a proposed open pit copper-gold-silver mine that would be located about 10 km southwest of Vavenby.