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British Columbia. Environment and Land Use Committee. Secretariat
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Daily summaries of hearings

  • GR-1290
  • Series
  • 1975-1977

This series contains daily summaries of hearings of the National Energy Board on northern gas pipelines for the period 22 October 1975 to 4 July 1977, prepared by Capital Communications Ltd.

British Columbia. Environment and Land Use Committee. Secretariat

ELUC Administrative records and subject files

  • GR-1002
  • Series
  • 1972-1980

This series contains administrative and subject files relating to natural resource development and environmental policies. Includes correspondence, memoranda, reports, briefs, etc. The records were created by the Environment and Land Use Committee Secretariat, the administrative and support staff assigned to the Committee. The records were created from 1972-1980 and relate to all aspects of business conducted by the Committee, including land use decisions across the province.

British Columbia. Environment and Land Use Committee. Secretariat

ELUC Committee records

  • GR-1786
  • Series
  • 1974-1981

Correspondence, reports, working papers, transcripts of public hearings, briefs, and other records concerning the Cowichan Estuary Task Force, B.C. Hydro's Cheekeye to Dunsmuir 500 kV transmission line, Salmonid Enhancement Program, and Foothills (North B.C.) Pipeline and other topics.

British Columbia. Environment and Land Use Committee. Secretariat

Environment and Land Use Committee Secretariat programme and project files

  • GR-0881
  • Series
  • 1976-1978

This series consists of the Environment And Land Use Committee Secretariat background notes. Records include program and project briefing notes on resource developments, highway, pipeline and transmission line projects, environmental impact studies, parks and recreation management, forestry operations, university endowment lands, salmonid enhancement, and agricultural land reserve matters, 1976-1978.

The series has been divided into the following subseries:
I. Integrated Resource Planning Studies
II. Policy, Procedures and System Development Studies
III. Project Impact Studies, by ELUC Secretariat
IV. Project Impact Assessment Reviews.
V. Miscellaneous Projects
VI. Agricultural Land Reserve Processing

British Columbia. Environment and Land Use Committee. Secretariat

Mine development review process files

  • GR-4046
  • Series
  • 1974-1986

This series consists of mine development assessment process files for coal and metal mine projects from 1974-1986. The records relate to the review and approval of proposed mining projects in BC. They document the determination of legal conditions under which companies may build and operate major mines. This process was called the mine development review process. The records show the ways that different projects were treated and provide evidence of a company’s level of compliance with their agreed development conditions.

Some of the early records were created by the Environmental and Land Use Committee (ELUC) of Cabinet. After around 1979, the majority of records are created by either the Coal Guidelines Steering Committee (CGSC) or the Metal Mines Steering Committee (MMSC). These committees were primarily part of the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, but worked with the ELUC and other ministries to approve projects.

Projects may be reviewed by the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Forests, Ministry of Lands, Ministry of Transportation and Highways, Ministry of the Provincial Secretary, Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Health and federal bodies such as Environment Canada.

Companies may have been required to conduct research and provide reports on potential impacts of the project in compliance with the guidelines for coal development or procedures for obtaining approval of metal mine development

The assessment process involved consideration of many factors in developing a mine. Potential issues include: water management; acid generation; fish and wildlife impacts; air pollution; air monitoring; waste management; geotechnical impacts; ground and surface water impacts; pollution control; permit acquisition; radioactivity assessment; reclamation plans; road construction; heritage impact assessments; public opinions; and socioeconomic impacts on nearby communities.

Records include correspondence, policy, procedures, meeting minutes, reports, maps, newspaper clippings, photos, reports and technical data. Many records are copies of originals which were provided to multiple committee members for reference.

The records are divided into several groups: Metal Mines Steering Committee files, coal files, southeast coal projects, northeast coal projects and Coal Guidelines Steering Committee records. Within these groupings, files are arranged alphabetically by the name of project.

The records are scheduled under one time schedule 880049.

British Columbia. Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources (1978-1996)

Operational records

  • GR-1264
  • Series
  • 1973-1975

This series contains operational records concerned with the North Line and North-west Line timber study reports: File 1, Smithers Veneer Plant Study; File 2, Port Simpson Sawmill Proposal; File 3, Terrace-Hazelton Forest Resources Study.

British Columbia. Prince Rupert Forest District