City to take position on KGHM-AJAX Mine

By Doug Collins
July 16, 2017 - 5:28am Updated: July 17, 2017 - 11:08am

KAMLOOPS — Amidst the huge job of accommodating wildfire refugees and coordination of strategy to handle a tremendous influx of people, Kamloops Council is holding a special meeting this morning, at which time they will vote on a position regarding the proposed Ajax copper-gold mine just south of the city.

Based on the makeup of the current council, following several resignations, councillors are expected to vote against the mine proposal.

The mine has made its pitch to the various levels of government, and an Environmental assessment review is currently underway.

While the City doesn't have an official vote on whether or not the mine will go ahead, its position on the mine is expected to have some influence when the government makes its final decision.

The mine is looking at 65,000 tonnes of ore per day, and would provide 500 full time jobs when the mine is built.

Major opposition is centred on the mine's location so close to the City, dust problems, potential tailings issues, and First Nations have expressed opposition to what they say could be the destruction of Jacko Lake. 

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