Kamloops This Week – KGHM reportedly considering ‘freezing’ Ajax mine project in wake of rejection

By Andrea Klassen.

The project manager for the proposed and recently rejected Ajax mine said the company has not decided what steps it will take in regards to its open-pit proposal despite reports that proponent KGHM is considering “permanently freezing” the project.

The B.C. government turned down Ajax’s environmental application in December, citing concerns about whether the company could effectively mitigate all the expected health and environmental effects of its project.

It also noted First Nations’ concerns over the disruption of Jacko Lake, considered an important cultural heritage site. KGHM laid off some staff earlier this year, including external-relations manager Yves Lacasse, the former head of the Kamloops RCMP, but has not yet announced its future plans in the area. According to the Warsaw Business Journal and the Polish Press Agency, KGHM Polska Miedz CEO Radoslaw Domagalski-Labedzki has suggested the possibility of a freeze of the Kamloops project “in order to shoulder costs at the lowest possible level.”

However, Domagalski-Labedzki noted the company could still pursue a judicial review of the government decision in B.C. Supreme Court. Ajax project manager Chris Wild said the discussion about next steps remains ongoing and no timeline has been indicted for a decision.

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