VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pacific Booker Minerals, Inc. (NYSE Amex: PBM), (CDNX: BKM.V) is pleased to announce that pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, Transport Canada (TC), Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), as Responsible Authorities (RAs), commenced a comprehensive study in relation to the proposed development of the Morrison Copper/Gold Project (the Project) on July 14, 2009. TC has since determined that the Project will cause no impediment to navigation and has been removed as an RA.
A series of amendments to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act came into force effective July 12, 2010. The amendments are designed to strengthen the delivery of high-quality Environmental Assessment through a simplified comprehensive study process. As part of these amendments, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) will perform the duties and functions of the responsible authority for the Project until the submission of the comprehensive study report to the Minister of the Environment. After the Minister's Environmental Assessment decision, the role of the responsible authority reverts to those federal departments and agencies that are responsible for taking a course of action and making permitting decisions for the Project. The responsible authorities include DFO and NRCan.
The BC Environmental Assessment Office (BCEAO) and the CEAA will coordinate their respective review processes to ensure that joint steps are undertaken wherever that can appropriately be done consistent with the Canada-British Columbia Agreement for Environmental Assessment.
The Project has been accepted as a major natural resource project by the Major Project Management Office (MPMO) who oversees and tracks the federal review and Aboriginal engagement and consultation for major resource projects. Accordingly, MPMO has put in place a Project Agreement, dated April 2010, (http://www.mpmo-bggp.gc.ca/project-projet/morrison-eng.php) which describes the main activities of a federal review and outlines the key roles and responsibilities of the Parties involved in the review. The MPMO will track and monitor the progress of the Project through the federal Environmental Assessment to ensure service standards and timelines are met.
The Company is pleased to have achieved these essential milestones towards commencement of construction that will lead to commercial metal production of the 100% owned Morrison Copper/Gold Project.
For information regarding Pacific Booker Minerals Inc., and to view our Khandaker and Standard & Poor's reports, our 3D animations of the Morrison ore body and site plan, please visit our website home page at http://www.pacificbooker.com.
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Gregory R. Anderson
Director, CEO and President
SOURCE Pacific Booker Minerals Inc.