Kamloops This Week – Kamloops councillor wants B.C. to place mining buffer around established communities

A Kamloops city councillor is hoping to prevent a repeat of Kamloops’ years-long debate over the proposed Ajax mine by asking the province to place a buffer around established communities. Coun. Dieter Dudy submitted a notice of motion on Tuesday to send a resolution to the Union of B.C. Municipalities and the Southern Interior Local Government Association calling for a ban on mining within 10-kilometre of a municipality’s growth boundary.

“I believe the whole issue of Ajax could have been avoided if we’d had something like this on the books,” said Dudy, who opposed the copper and gold mine, which was rejected in December by the provincial and federal governments.

”I think you’ll find a lot of people who weren’t in support of the Ajax project weren’t anti-mining. It was a proximity issue,” Dudy said.

The provincial and federal governments turned down the mine’s environmental application late last year. Dudy said the choice of a 10-kilometre buffer is somewhat arbitrary and could be debated by the associations, which would also have to decide whether to back the resolution and lobby the provincial government on the issue.

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