Mineral Prospecting and Exploration

Government Accountability in Issuance of Exploration Permits


Apart from seeking judicial review, the public has no way of challenging the BC government’s issuance of a Free Miner Certificate or approval of a Notice of Work application for exploration activities.

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Create legal process for challenging the issuance of prospecting or exploration permits

[Tags: Exploration; Public Participation; Deny]

In Sweden, a reindeer-herding right holder has the right to appeal the grant of a mining licence.85 In Western Australia, this provision is even broader, as any person may lodge an objection to the granting of a prospecting licence within 35 days of the licence application. These objections must then be heard by the warden in open court.86

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