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Canadian government dismisses complaints over Seabridge's KSM gold project

Canada's National Contact Point, or NCP, dismissed a complaint regarding the environmental assessment review process for Seabridge Gold Inc.'s KSM gold project in British Columbia.

The regulator concluded that the allegation made by non-governmental organization South East Alaska Conservation Council, or SEACC, did not merit further examination and the file has now been closed after only the initial assessment level of review, according to a Nov. 21 company news release.

SEACC alleged that Seabridge violated the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises by failing to disclose project documents and engage appropriately with stakeholders in Alaska.

It also claimed that the company has not exercised sufficient due diligence regarding potential environmental and human rights impacts of the KSM project.

The NCP found that the KSM project was subject to a rigorous and detailed environmental assessment process. Seabridge received the project approvals from the federal and provincial governments in 2014.