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qathet Regional District directors renew Texada mining lease

No objection expressed to application submitted by Imperial Limestone to convert a mineral claim
Converting a mineral claim to a mining lease on Texada Island was recently approved by qathet Regional District's board of directors.

qathet Regional District (qRD) directors have expressed no objection to the application submitted by Imperial Limestone Co. to convert a mineral claim on Texada Island to a mining lease.

At the March 22 regional board meeting, directors also voted to renew a mining lease for a period of 30 years, subject to two parcels of land being removed from the mineral claim area. The application is required to obtain a completed riparian area assessment by a qualified environmental professional, and that all streamside protection and enhancement areas be removed from the lease areas.

The applicant is also required to obtain a site level assessment conducted by a qualified professional to determine the nature, location and any necessary protection measures for sensitive ecosystems, and that any such land be removed from the lease area.

According to a staff report, the province refers the lease application to local governments to review and comment on the suitability of the proposed lease area for mining purposes, and leaseholders must obtain a mining permit before undertaking mining activities within the lease area.

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