Presentation Title

Ajax Mine - An Environmental and Economic Assessment

Format of Presentation

Poster to be presented the Friday of the conference

Abstract

While the recent decision to deny the Ajax Mine in Kamloops has come after this project was completed, this presentation attempts to provide an overview of the socio-economic, environmental, property value and human health impacts that the Ajax Mine project would have had on the city of Kamloops, had it been approved by the federal and local governments. Research was done using environmental assessment reports as well as local and national news reports; KGHM's own website offered additional information as to the scope of the project and its goals in mitigation efforts for the project. I also used a comparison model to a mine in Quebec, examining the impact of that mining operation located within close proximity to a local town and the effect on residents. Given that the lack of federal legislation can allow mining projects to go unchecked, causing widespread damage to nearby communities, recommendations to the current process the provincial and federal governments use in authorizing the operation of these types of mining projects are offered.

Department

Economics

Faculty Advisor

Jim Gaisford

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Ajax Mine - An Environmental and Economic Assessment

While the recent decision to deny the Ajax Mine in Kamloops has come after this project was completed, this presentation attempts to provide an overview of the socio-economic, environmental, property value and human health impacts that the Ajax Mine project would have had on the city of Kamloops, had it been approved by the federal and local governments. Research was done using environmental assessment reports as well as local and national news reports; KGHM's own website offered additional information as to the scope of the project and its goals in mitigation efforts for the project. I also used a comparison model to a mine in Quebec, examining the impact of that mining operation located within close proximity to a local town and the effect on residents. Given that the lack of federal legislation can allow mining projects to go unchecked, causing widespread damage to nearby communities, recommendations to the current process the provincial and federal governments use in authorizing the operation of these types of mining projects are offered.