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I am not an expert on mining law - I am just trying to help. Use the information in this website at your own risk. See the Notice at the bottom of this page.
You should at least read the Table of Contents and the parts that are important to you in...
The Mines Act sort of the lays the foundation for other mining law.
The Mining Right of Way Act is about entering private land to get to and from a claim.
They are important - they make rules and explain how to follow
Information Update No. 38 -
Acceptable Practices for Placer Hand Mining
in British Columbia,
which was published April 12, 2016.
Hand miners can pump water without a licence
if the suction intake is 1.5 inches or less and properly screened -
If you don't qualify for the hand mining exception...
Pumping water from a natural watercourse is governed by the
Water Sustainability Act,
which came into force February 29, 2016.
You should read the table of contents and appropriate sections.
Information Update No. 38 - Acceptable Practices for Placer Hand Mining in British Columbia, which was published April 12, 2016.
To learn more about applying to pump water, see If You Must Apply on the Pumping Water page.
This kind of work may be covered by the Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in British Columbia.
A lot of law and regulations apply to operations with employees, that don't apply if the only workers are the owner of the claim and partners.
I believe that rules about employees don't apply to contracting businesses. You can hire a business - perhaps a self-employed "guy with a backhoe", without being an employer or having your mine turn into a "workplace".
It is important to remember that I know nothing about this.
If you want employees, one of the things you have to look into is WorkSafeBC.
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