VANCOUVER — The B.C. government's rejection of junior Pacific Booker's (TSXV: BKM; NYSE-MKT: PBM) environmental assessment (EA) certificate at its Morrison Lake copper-gold project — located 65 km due north of Smithers — left many members of the industry scratching their heads, and now the story has taken another odd turn.
On Dec. 11 the Supreme Court of British Columbia ruled it would set aside the original decision, and ordered the company's application be remitted to the government for a second review.
Back in Oct. 2012 the B.C. Minister of Energy & Mines and Minister of Environment — then Rich Coleman and Terry Lake, respectively — decided to deny an EA certificate at Morrison due to potentially negative effects on local salmon populations and water quality. Pacific Booker maintained that a report prepared by the environmental assessment office (EAO) had indicated that the project had "no significant adverse effects" and proceeded to petition the Supreme Court to challenge the ruling.