Yellowhead Mining Inc. announced on Thursday that it has been advised by the BC Environmental Assessment Office (BC EAO) that its application for an environmental assessment certificate for its Harper Creek Project has been accepted for review.
This is a step forward for the mining company. In May, 2013, BC EAO advised Yellowhead that the application it had submitted at that time did not satisfy the application information requriements. The environmental authority did not accept the environmental application for review. Yellowhad has been working on a new application since then.
“The acceptance for review by the BC EAO of the environmental assessment application for the Harper Creek project marks the next milestone in the development of Harper Creek” noted Frank D. Wheatley, CEO of Yellowhead. “We look forward to working with the BC EAO and the Working Group during the review of the EA application.”
With the acceptance of the EA Application for review by the BC EAO, the 180-day review period will commence once Yellowhead has responded to a number of screening comments from the BC EAO and the Working Group.
Yellowhead currently anticipates that it will be able to respond to the screening comments and provide appropriate updates to the EA application by the end of December 2014, which would result in the 180 day review period being initiated by the BC EAO in early January 2015.
About the Harper Creek Project
Harper Creek is a proposed 70,000 tonnes-per-day open pit copper mine with a 28 year mine life, that would be located about 10 km southwest of Vavenby.
Harper Creek would have a four year development period, with the initial two years focused on environmental and construction permitting, and the second two years dedicated to construction. When developed, Harper Creek would provide up to 660 jobs during construction and up to 450 permanent jobs during operations.
For more information on Yellowhead and the Harper Creek Project, visit Yellowhead’s website at www.yellowheadmining.com.