CANADIAN GOLD PROSPECTING FORUM - Gold Prospecting Forums

Gold Prospecting Forums - General => Small scale mining/Prospecting Regulations => Topic started by: DoftheNorth on September 04, 2019, 12:48:14 PM

Title: N.O.W. or NOT???
Post by: DoftheNorth on September 04, 2019, 12:48:14 PM
Well, I am thoroughly confused and now afraid all the work I did this summer was for not!!

Regarding the Notice of Work application, when I obtained my FMC and placer claim last fall I was given a lot of information, including but not limited to Information update #38 which as I'm sure you"re all aware basically stated N.O.W. applications and permits were not required for small hand mining operations. Recently I have been seeing a lot of chatter on mostly Facebook based mining groups that they changed it so you DO in fact need to file a N.O.W. and let the powers that be decide if you need permits or not, prior to doing any work on your claim.

I have searched around the Internets and cannot find anything definitive, I don't speak fluent "government" and they really seem to have an issue with yes and/or no answers. I saw the post from back in March I believe about it being rescinded and the ensuing banter about which part was or was not changed but it seemed to be a minor issue so I didn't look into any deeper at the time, kinda wish I had though...

I went ahead and submitted my S.O.W. report anyways, but am afraid it will all be rejected due to my not filing a N.O.W. because I was unaware of the changes. So tell me oh wise and wonderful GPEX'ers.......... Am I screwed??????

HHHEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: N.O.W. or NOT???
Post by: geezir on September 04, 2019, 05:47:41 PM
The current anti mining regime has in fact rescinded many of the info update guides.
HOWEVER THE LAW HAS YET to change
In BC the Environmental Management Act regulates the activity of "Waste disposal" into the environment largely by Section 6. Waste must not be produced unless under permit or exemption. The material from a placer operation is waste.
An exemption is granted by the Environmental Management Act, Placer Mining Waste Control Regulation for hand panning and hand mining where the intake of a washwater delivery system does not exceed 38 mm. A system with a 1.5" pump. Any small mechanical assisted placer activity needs a NOW permit.
Title: Re: N.O.W. or NOT???
Post by: Top Cat on September 05, 2019, 06:05:16 AM
It's no wonder why there are so many claim jumpers, there are to many rules and regulations for miners of small scale operations.

 Claim jumpers don't have to worry about NOW's or SOW's If we didn't have all the rules and regulations people would get their own claims.

Don't get me wrong we need some restrictions but the Government needs to make them less complicated.

Just my thoughts !!
Title: Re: N.O.W. or NOT???
Post by: BC Handyman on September 26, 2019, 12:03:16 AM
I got a lot of thought on this, really too. Any to start typing, in fact thatís a reason why I havenít been on here last year or so, cause I got no time to be on here with all time it takes to deal with gov