Canadian Mining Journal


COPPER-GOLD: Federal gov’t issues water licence for Seabridge’s KSM project

BRITISH COLUMBIA – Seabridge Gold of Toronto has received its water licence from the federal government for the KSM copper-gold project 65 km northwest of Stewart. The licence allows for construction, operation and maintenance of the water storage facility at the mine site.

The licence, as authorized within the International Rivers Improvement Act (IRIA), regulates all structures and activities situated on transboundary waters shared with the United States that have the potential to impact water quality and quantity. The water storage facility and its ancillary water works (water diversion ditches and tunnels) are the primary water management control systems for the KSM project. These facilities separate water which has not contacted mined material from so-called contact water originating from disturbed areas of the mine site and then contain the contact water prior to treatment and eventual release to the receiving environment. These facilities are situated on Mitchell and Sulphurets creeks, tributaries of the transboundary Unuk River system that flows into Alaska. The licence was granted for a term of 25 years as administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Seabridge Gold Chairman and CEO Rudi Fronk stated: “This important permit highlights the government of Canada’s continued support for the environmental standards incorporated into our design of the KSM project.”

Details of the KSM project are available at