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The Burns Lake Region has significant potential for discovery and development of mineral deposits – however, there is a rising tide of negative forces in British Columbia that is preventing or impairing the mining industry’s ability to construct and operate new mines. As a mining engineer, resident of British Columbia and citizen of Canada, I am personally appalled at the British Columbia Government’s increasingly complex regulations, the rising power costs, the carbon tax, the pandering to environmental NGOs and the ceding of authority to Native Indians, Regional Districts and Federal Government. Especially when we consider the very alarming levels of debt and deficit loads we are carrying in British Columbia and Canada, both governmental and personal. British Columbia’s mineral resource revenues have dropped to a decadal level of approximately $1,500 per capita from their decadal level in the late 1960s and early 1970s of $2,400 per capita (in 2012 dollars). How can we expect to maintain British Columbia’s major social programs such as education, health and transportation when we allow one of its principal long-term wealth generating engines, the resource sector, to seriously deteriorate?
This presentation discusses the mineral resources in the Burns Lake Region and the opportunity for their development, as well as the related needs for (1) low-cost reliable electric energy, (2) elimination of excessive and redundant environmental regulations and taxes, (3) common-sense on climate change, and (4) a push-back against the groups that are strangling mine development.
Historically successful mine developments close to communities will be shown as benchmarks for future British Columbia mine development.
Most rural communities in British Columbia owe their existence and well-being to the early mineral exploration and mining successes all over the province. In fact, over the past 150 years, some $700 billion (in 2012 dollars) have been recovered from mining activities in the province. Historically British Columbia has been a true leader in mineral developments and we don't want to see that change! But, we need your help now to make sure that the exploration and mining companies continue to feel welcome here.