New rules for mining will impact caribou habitat

By Larry Pynn | Vancouver Sun | January 11, 2010

The provincial government has changed the requirements for mining companies operating in threatened caribou habitat, no longer routinely requiring an exemption from the Ministry of Environment before exploration activities, such as building roads and cutting timber.

Environmental groups see the change as a sellout to the mining lobby, while industry officials insist the new regulations will increase the level of protection for caribou.

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