Throughout the life cycle of a mine, regulatory and monitoring processes ensure the industry complies with society's environmental objectives

Environment

Environmental Protection - It's a Matter of Principle

The mining industry in BC has established environmental protection as a priority objective in the development, operation and closure of mines in BC. In its ongoing efforts to update and improve environmental protection measures, the industry contributes to the advancement of the scientific understanding of mining's effect on the environment, as well as to the development of technology that will help minimize environmental impacts.

Establishing the Guidelines

The benefits of minerals and mining in the world are indisputable. Metals are essential to life on earth - but they can also pose a threat to the environment if they occur in certain forms (chemical states) and under specific environmental conditions. Debate is focused on what is environmentally safe and in determining acceptable levels of risk versus benefit.

Nowadays, many stakeholders are involved in providing input into how mines are developed - mineral producers, regulators, and the public. Risk management decisions are arrived at in a consultative manner, with an appropriate weighing of the benefits and risks.

With the challenge of producing profitable mining operations in an environmentally sound manner, practices and regulations have evolved to ensure environmental protection. Mining in British Columbia is regulated at both the provincial and federal levels.

Throughout the life cycle of a mine, regulatory and monitoring processes ensure the industry complies with society's environmental objectives. These objectives are established primarily through laws and regulations, but they are also set out in commitments made by mining companies during the environmental assessment process.

March 20, 2017

The Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC) welcomes the first completed mining...

July 20, 2016

The B.C. mining industry welcomes the Provincial Government’s announcement of the completion of...

April 21, 2015

VANCOUVER, BC – The Mining Association of B.C. (MABC) is pleased to see continued funding for...

March 24, 2015

VICTORIA, B.C. – On March 24th more than 65 representatives from the B.C. mining industry,...