Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources (BCMEM) is the key provincial ministry responsible for BC’s electricity, alternative energy, mining and mineral exploration sectors, which comprise public and private interests that explore for and develop electricity, clean or renewable energy (biomass, biogas, geothermal, hydro, solar, ocean, wind or any other alternative energy resource), coal, minerals, and renewable and low-carbon fuels. BCMEM develops policies, programs, legislation and regulations to maintain B.C.’s mining sector competitiveness and encourage investment. It allocates all mineral and placer rights and registers and manages mineral titles. It is responsible for permitting and inspecting mineral exploration and mine sites to ensure the health and safety of workers, the public and the environment.


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