Nearly three-quarters of Cariboo gold miners failed a “clandestine” audit on environmental standards, according to documents released through a provincial freedom of information request.
The B.C. Environment audit report, completed in May 2011, found that of 23 placer mining operations in the Cariboo, 74 per cent were not in compliance with their permits setting out a plan for mining and restoring the land after the mine operation was complete.
The audit also found placer miners in central B.C. were working within a 10-metre setback from streams and rivers more than half the time.