The provincial government decisions related to the Flathead Valley in southeast British Columbia were announced in the February 9, 2010 Speech from the Throne. Specifically, the Throne Speech stated:
A new partnership with Montana will sustain the environmental values in the Flathead River Basin in a manner consistent with current forestry, recreation, guide outfitting and trapping uses.
It will identify permissible land uses and establish new collaborative approaches to trans-boundary issues.
Mining, oil and gas development and coalbed gas extraction will not be permitted in British Columbia's Flathead Valley.
To implement this policy decision, three actions have been taken by the British Columbia provincial government, with respect to the Flathead Watershed:
- A No Disposition Notation has been placed over the Flathead to identify that the Ministry will not post petroleum and natural gas rights (including coalbed gas) for tenuring in the Flathead.
- A mineral and coal reserve has been put in place over the Flathead to prevent the acquisition of new mineral titles and coal tenures.
- A Cabinet Order has been put in place to prohibit the issuance of permits (or exemptions from permits) under the Mines Act.
Additional information can be found in the attached Order in Council No. 089 (Flathead Watershed Area Order) and the attached map and amendment to the Mineral and Coal Land Reserve (No Mineral or Placer Claim Registrations) Regulation.
For further information contact:
Ed Collazzi, Chief Gold Comissioner and Director of Mineral Titles
Mineral Titles Branch
Mines and Mineral Resources Division
Suite 300-865 Hornby Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2G3