Share your ideas: Blackwater Project

From: Environment and Climate Change Canada

Current status: Closed

Consultations are from June 9 2021 to August 30 2021.

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is seeking comments on proposed amendments to Schedule 2 of the Metal and Diamond Mining Effluent Regulations (MDMER) for the Blackwater Project.


BW Gold LTD. (the Proponent), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Artemis Gold Inc., is proposing to develop an open-pit gold and silver mine located approximately 112 km southwest of Vanderhoof, BC.

The objective of the amendments is to authorize the use of the water bodies frequented by fish for mine waste disposal.

To offset the loss of fish and fish habitat due to the Project, the Proponent is required to develop and implement a Fish Habitat Compensation Plan.

Focus of this consultation

ECCC is consulting on the Alternatives Assessment report and the Fish Habitat Compensation Plan.

ECCC is also consulting on the potential application of the Streamlining the Approvals Process for Metal Mines with Tailings Impoundment Areas to reduce approval timelines of the regulatory amendments. This would exempt these proposed amendments from pre-publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I, and allow the amendments to proceed directly to final publication in the Canada Gazette, Part II.

How to participate

By mail

Send your comments to the address in the Contact us section below.

By email

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To learn how we will protect your privacy during this consultation, please carefully review our privacy statement.

Copies of the full reports can be requested by contacting us at the email address provided below.

Who is the focus of this consultation

ECCC would like to hear from:

Related information

Contact us

Environment and Climate Change Canada
Mining Section
Mining and Processing Division
351 boul. St-Joseph, 11th floor
Gatineau QC K1A 0H3

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