One of the cornerstones of the provincial government's 2005 BC Mining Plan was its so-called "two-zone land use system." The system, which was enshrined in legislation in 2002, meant companies could mine anywhere but parks, ecological reserves and other sensitive areas. But some are wondering whether the government may be abandoning that approach. The reason: earlier this month, the government announced it would be banning mining, oil and gas and coal development in the Flathead Valley but allowing, in the premier's words, "sustainable forestry, hunting and trapping." Asked by a reporter whether the valley would later be turned into a park, Gordon Campbell seemed to rule that possibility out stating, "I believe this is the kind of answer we're going to be using for the future." So what does that mean the future of the two-zone land use system?
February 25, 2010