Category Archives: Mining

Mining exec’s North Vancouver home sprayed by gunfire

North Vancouver RCMP respond to shooting at mining executive's home, April 4, 2014.

North Vancouver RCMP respond to shooting at mining executive’s home, April 4, 2014.

Multiple 911 calls as neighbours report vehicle speeding away early Friday morning

 

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Tahltan First Nation bans mining company in dispute over coal mine

Tahltan fortune minerals signDEASE LAKE, B.C. — The Globe and Mail/The Canadian Press, April 1, 2014

A northern B.C. First Nation has banned a mining company from its lands as a bitter fight over a proposed coal mine escalates, again.

Tahltan Central Council president Annita McPhee says Fortune Minerals must not enter Tahltan Nation communities without permission from the Iskut and Tahltan bands.

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Aboriginal rights a threat to Canada’s resource agenda, documents reveal

Idle No More protest near Sarnia, Ontario, on January 5, 2012, that blocked border crossing.

Idle No More protest near Sarnia, Ontario, on January 5, 2012, that blocked border crossing.

Canadian government closely monitoring how legal rulings and aboriginal protest pose an increasing ‘risk’ for multi-billion dollar oil and mining plans

By Martin Lukacs and Shiri Pasternak, The Guardian, March 2014

The Canadian government is increasingly worried that the growing clout of aboriginal peoples’ rights could obstruct its aggressive resource development plans, documents reveal. Read the rest of this entry

Taseko mine near Fish Lake rejected by federal government

Fish Lake, targeted by Taseko's proposed mine.

Fish Lake, targeted by Taseko’s proposed mine.

APTN National News, Feb 27, 2014

The Harper government has again rejected a proposed open-pit gold and copper mine in British Columbia that threatened to destroy a lake sacred to the Tsilhqot’in nation. Read the rest of this entry

Brazil: land disputes spread as Indians take on wildcat miners

Munduruku Indian warriors stand guard over an illegal gold miner who was detained by a group of warriors searching out illegal gold mines and miners in their territory near the Caburua river, a tributary of the Tapajos and Amazon rivers in western Para state January 20, 2014.

Munduruku Indian warriors stand guard over an illegal gold miner who was detained by a group of warriors searching out illegal gold mines and miners in their territory near the Caburua river, a tributary of the Tapajos and Amazon rivers in western Para state January 20, 2014.

By Lunae Parracho and Caroline Stauffer, Reuters, Feb 17, 2014

As Brazil struggles to solve land disputes between Indians and farmers on the expanding frontier of its agricultural heartland, more tensions over forest and mineral resources are brewing in the remote Amazon. Read the rest of this entry

Brazil: Munduruku People Kick Miners Off Indigenous Territory, Seize Equipment

Munduruku warriors on their way to evict miners from their territory, Feb 2014.

Munduruku warriors on their way to evict miners from their territory, Feb 2014.

by Larissa Saud, Terra Magazine
Translated from Portuguese by Thomas Walker / Earth First! Newswire, Feb 3, 2014

Night had hardly arrived when indigenous Munduruku people landed on the bank of a mine on Tropas River, a tributary of Tapajós river, in a region west of Pará.  From the five speedboats, all of them full, came warriors and children, all with one objective: to drive out illegal miners from Munduruku land. Read the rest of this entry

Teck smelter spills chemical solution into Columbia River

Teck smelter in Trail, BC.

Teck smelter in Trail, BC.

Up to 25,000 L of sodium hydroxide solution flowed into sewer leading to the river near Trail, B.C.

CBC News, Feb 01, 2014

A mining and smelting company spilled a large volume of chemical solution into a domestic sewer line near Trail, B.C., on Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry

Jackpine Tar Sands mine will destroy wetlands and wildlife, First Nations say

Mine will create $17 billion in taxes, royalties and create 750 full time jobs, Shell says

Banner drop on Shell station in Vancouver, Oct 23, 2012.

Banner drop on Shell station in Vancouver, Oct 23, 2012.

Angela Sterritt CBC News, Dec 09, 2013

The largest known reservoir of crude bitumen in the world is about to get even bigger, but Alice Rigney is in no mood to celebrate.

Rigney was raised in Northern Alberta on the Athabasca River that now runs directly through multiple oil sands projects.

“That river is our lifeline and has been for thousands of years. It has always sustained us with fish, food, water and travel – everything,” said Rigney. Read the rest of this entry

Potentially damaging Jackpine oilsands mine expansion OK’d by Ottawa

A mine in the Tar Sands of northern Alberta.

A mine in the Tar Sands of northern Alberta, showing the “potentially damaging” impact of Tar Sands operations.

Environment minister says negative environmental effect is ‘justified in the circumstances’

CBC News/The Canadian Press, Dec 06, 2013

Shell Canada’s Jackpine oilsands mine expansion plan has received the go-ahead from Ottawa, despite the environment minister’s view that it’s “likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.”  Read the rest of this entry

Tsilhqot’in declare victory against Taseko’s B.C. mine

Proposed New Prosperity mine would have signficant effects on Fish Lake, report concludes

Tsilhqot'in protest against Taseko Prosperity Mine.

Tsilhqot’in protest against Taseko Prosperity Mine.

CBC News, Nov 01, 2013

First Nations leaders in B.C. are declaring victory after a new environmental report concluded Taseko’s New Prosperity mine proposal poses “significant adverse environmental effects”.

Coun. Marilyn Baptiste, secretary-treasurer of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, said, “We are victorious!” in a statement issued late Thursday night after the report was released. Read the rest of this entry

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