In June 2017 the District received a notice of referral from the Province in respect to a Mines Act Permit application for OK Industries Ltd. for its property located on Millstream Road (Lot 1, Section 5, Range 3 West, Highland District, Plan VIP70242).
Authority for issuance of the permit lies with the Provincial Government, however, part of the application process includes referring the application to the affected local government among other possible agencies.
The report to Council from the Chief Administrative Office in June 2017 is attached here:
Council responded to the notice from the Province, the correspondence can be found here:
In May 2018 Council requested staff submit a Freedom of Information request to provincial ministries regarding the Mines Act Permit application. The minutes of that meeting regarding the request can be found here:
The District of Highlands received the final response to the FOI application in July 2018 from the ministries which can be found here:
In February 2019 Council requested staff submit a second Freedom of Information request to provincial ministries regarding additional information which may have been submitted to the province from the applicant. The minutes of that meeting regarding the second request can be found here:
The District of Highlands received the final response to the second FOI application in April 2019 which can be found here:
In April 2019 Council was copied on the Environmental Effects and Mitigation Report submitted to the Province by OK Industries Limited. This is a very large report and cannot be posted online, however it is available at the District of Highlands office for viewing.
In May 2019 Council sent a letter to the Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources which can be found here:
In May 2019 OK Industries Ltd. held a public open house on their Mines Act Permit application. Should any member of the public like to see the information provided by OK Industries Ltd. please contact staff at 250-474-1773.
In June 2019 Council directed staff to write to the Province regarding the Mines Act Permit application. The letter can be found here:
Also during this time staff submitted a request (which became an FOI request) with the Province for the public comments collected at the May 2019 public open house held by OK Industries Ltd. The District received those redacted comments in late August 2019. Those comments may be viewed here.
In March 2020, the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources issued a Mines Act Permit for the OK Industries property on Millstream Road in Highlands.
Please see a copy of the permit and related documents here.
In August 2020, Council directed staff to write to the Minister of Mines, Energy and Petroleum Resources, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and the District’s MLA, with a copy to the CRD, regarding contaminant migration to 1980 Millstream Road in relation to the Millstream Meadows remediation. The letter is available here: