CEAA Funding for Participants

Map of BC locations from tasekomines.com

Hi Funds Fans!  Welcome to a glorious Friday.  Today, in the Fraser Valley, it is a beautiful, sunny day.  Many a barbeque will be lit tonight, me thinks.  I know mine will be and, since I already burned the hair off my hand from Wednesdays barbeque lighting event, I feel confident that there just isn’t any more hair left to singe.

Today, we’d like to highlight some of B.C.’s mining activities and ways that you can participate in the decision making process.  As you may know, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) administers a Participant Funding Program which supports individuals and non-profit organizations and Aboriginal groups interested in participating in federal environmental assessments.

This program is intended to ensure that interested parties to development projects have the opportunity to participate in comprehensive studies, assessments by review panels or by joint review panels and helps to ensure that your views are considered. Limited funding can cover eligible expenses, such as travel costs and fees for experts.

Eligibility to apply for funding under this program includes those who:

  • have a direct, local interest in the project, such as living or owning property in the project area;
  • have community knowledge or Aboriginal traditional knowledge relevant to the environmental assessment; or
  • have expert information relevant to the anticipated environmental effects of the project.

As Fundsblogger subscribes to CEAA updates, here are a few that are relevant to projects being considered within our beautiful Province:

OTTAWA, May 9, 2012 – The Honourable Peter Kent, federal Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) announced today the establishment of a three-member review panel for the federal environmental assessment of the proposed New Prosperity Gold-Copper Mine Project in British Columbia.  Taseko Mines Ltd. proposes the construction and operation of a large open pit gold-copper mine development, approximately 125 km southwest of Williams Lake, B.C.

The Minister has appointed Bill Ross as the Panel chair, as well as George Kupfer and Ron Smyth as Panel members. Biographical information on the Panel chair and members is available in the accompanying backgrounder.

May 04, 2012 – Proposed Kitsault Mine Project – Invitation to Comment and Open House

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office are inviting public comments related to the Proponent’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) / Application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate. The EIS / Application describes the proposed Project and provides an overview of the potential environmental, economic, social, heritage and health effects of all phases of the proposed Project.

An open house will also be held during the comment period:

Wednesday May 23, 2012
3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Best Western Inn
4553 Greig Avenue
Terrace, B.C.

May 04, 2012 – BURNCO Aggregate Mine Project – Federal Funding Allocated to Participate in the Environmental Assessment

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has allocated a total of $44,250 to eight applicants to support their participation in the federal environmental assessment of the proposed BURNCO Aggregate Mine Project in British Columbia.  The recipients of funding are: the Future of Howe Sound Society, Sunshine Coast Conservation Association, Cowichan Tribes, Musqueam Indian Band, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Halalt First Nation, Hwlitsum Services Society, and the Métis Nation British Columbia.

That’s what we have for you today, folks.  You have the right and the opportunity to be involved through this funding program at CEAA.

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