FREDERICTON -- The New Brunswick government has approved a mining project with conditions aimed at protecting the environment.

The approval was given to Sisson Mines Ltd. for the mine near Fredericton, which is subject to 40 conditions.

Environment Minister Brian Kenny says the green light was given following an environmental impact assessment.

The project would include a molybdenum and tungsten open-pit mine and an ore-processing facility.

It is expected to create 500 jobs during construction and 300 permanent jobs during operation with an expected lifespan of 27 years.

The conditions are meant to protect water quality, fish habitat, wetlands and archaeological resources, and include monitoring and emergency response plans.