Mining Regulations Mining rules found lacking
Environmental regulations need more work, audit finds

NNSL (OCT 09/96) -Mining regulation by the federal government's regional representatives is lacking in some areas, an audit of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (DIAND) states.

And that's exactly what the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee said about one year ago, said Kevin O'Reilly (left), research director for the group.

"This report confirms some of our concerns with the way they've been operating," he said.

The audit report said more work is needed on guidelines for: a formal mine reclamation policy; security deposits from mine owners; and a sustainable development policy.

The report wasn't all bad news. It also said the department is complying with environmental and mining related legislation.

But O'Reilly wonders if the department should have handled BHP Diamond's proposed diamond

mine project differently.

Mine reclamation and security deposits were prominent issues in public hearings for the proposed diamond mine at Lac de Gras, 300 kilometres northeast of Yellowknife.

O'Reilly said some of the areas of concern should be brought up at the continuation of the BHP water board hearings later this month.

DIAND officials could not be reached for comment.