at the Mineral Exploration Roundup.

Premier Shirly Clark announced the province will spend $7 million to increase competitiveness, reduce backlog and create a more efficient permit process.

The money will be put towards permitting for water, land and mining exploration, better processing times and reducing the average turnaround for 'notice of work' applications, thereby supporting sustainable resource development and job creation. In February 2013, the provincial government will shift to electronic applications for BC's natural resources related authorizations.

Hopefully this announcement will alleviate some of the problems RBW has had with meeting their timelines.