Mining work going ahead

Castanet – September 7, 2018

Controversial exploratory mining work is set to get underway this fall in the mountains between Summerland and Peachland, despite opposition from both municipalities.

Troubadour Resources is probing five mineral claims near Eneas Lakes Provincial Park in search of copper, molybdenum and gold — work that has provoked outcry from local governments in Peachland and Summerland, which were erroneously not informed of the permit prior to it being issued.

Documents released to Castanet News through a Freedom of Information request confirm the company did not disclose the work would be taking place in a community watershed, which triggers consultation with the impacted municipalities.

“That was an error on our part, and it was an error on the ministry’s part for not catching it at the time,” Troubadour Resources president Geoff Schellenberg said, claiming it’s “not very easy” to determine where exactly watershed boundaries are.

He said the ministries handling mining and water rights work in different silos, and suggested information could be shared a bit better.

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