Kutcho Copper Zinc Silver Gold Mine Project, Dease Lake

The Minister of the Environment has designated this project and the environmental assessment will continue under the former Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

On October 11, 2011, following a redesign of the Project proposal by a new proponent, the federal authorities listed above determined that a screening-type environmental assessment was required instead of a comprehensive study as originally commenced. Specifically, the Project, as currently proposed, no longer meets the threshold for daily tonnes of ore production capacity that would require a comprehensive study under the Comprehensive Study List Regulations.

Kutcho Copper Corp. is proposing the construction and operation of an underground copper-zinc-silver-gold mine and processing mill located in the Cassiar Mountains of north western British Columbia, approximately 100 km east of Dease Lake and 600 km north of Smithers. The proposed mine is located within the Andrea Creek Watershed, tributary to Kutcho Creek. The proposed ore mining rate is 2500 tonnes per day over an anticipated 12 year operation period. Processed ore concentrate would be transported via truck to the Port of Stewart for export.

As per the Cabinet Directive on Improving the Performance of the Regulatory System for Major Resource Projects, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is responsible for managing the federal environmental assessment process for major resource projects.


Latest update

June 20, 2016 - The assessment process has been terminated.



Fisheries Protection Program
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Telephone: 1-877-722-4828
Email: habitat-qc@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

  • Location

    • Andrea Creek (British Columbia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Mines and Minerals
  • Assessment Status

  • Proponent

    Kutcho Copper Corp.
  • Authorities

    • Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
    • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    • Natural Resources Canada
    • Transport Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Screening-type assessment under CEAA 1992
  • Reference Number


This map is for illustrative purposes. The markers represent the approximate locations based on available data. More than one marker may be identified for a given assessment.

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