Category Archives: Mining
by Josh Massey, Terrace Standard, Dec 17, 2014
The opening of the Imperial Metals Red Chris copper and gold mine has been delayed until the new year as the company continues to seek a final provincial environmental permit and negotiates with the Tahltan Central Council over recommendations contained in a review of the facility’s tailings pond.
Speaking in Terrace Dec. 12, Tahltan Central Council president Chad Day said the next few months will be critical for agreements with Imperial which had originally anticipated starting up its $643 million mine on Tahltan traditional territory by the end of this year.
Shuar leader José Isidro Tendetza Antún missing since 28 November
Activists believe death linked to opposition to state-Chinese mine project
by Jonathan Watts and Dan Collyns, The Guardian, Dec 6, 2014
The body of an indigenous leader who was opposed to a major mining project in Ecuador has been found bound and buried, days before he planned to take his campaign to climate talks in Lima.
The killing highlights the violence and harassment facing environmental activists in Ecuador, following the confiscation last week of a bus carrying climate campaigners who planned to denounce president Rafael Correa at the United Nations conference.
by Terry Rambler, Indian Country Today, Dec 10, 2014
By JOSH MASSEY, Terrace Standard, November 26, 2014
Red Chris mine owner Imperial Metals has been granted a permanent injunction preventing a Tahltan group known as the Klabona Keepers from blocking access to the property north on Hwy37 North near Iskut.
The injunction, granted by Mr. Justice Robert Punnett of the B.C. Supreme Court this afternoon following a two-day hearing, prevents the activist group from impeding access to the mine at any point during its projected 28-year operation life. Read the rest of this entry →
The Province, November 19, 2014
ISKUT, B.C. — The results of a third-party review into the design of a northwestern B.C. gold and copper mine says it has the potential to cause significantly more environmental damage than the recent collapse of the Mount Polley tailings pond.
Engineering firm Klohn Crippen Berger made 22 recommendations for the owner of the mine, Imperial Metals (TSX:III), to improve the tailings dam of the Red Chris mine, 500 kilometres north of Terrace.
The review found the design of the dam is feasible, but that there are issues that must be addressed.
Published on Oct 25, 2014 by Kanahus Manuel
By Cam Fortems, Kamloops This Week, Oct 17, 2014
The province has confirmed a suspected arson on a bridge across Adams River leading to a proposed underground mine.
A group calling itself Secwepemc Ts’ka7 Warriors posted a statement on an activist website, claiming responsibility for torching the bridge, located about 70 kilometres northeast of Clearwater, near Tumtum Lake on Oliver Creek forest service road.
“With much discussion with Elders Councils and around sacred fires and ceremonies. the Secwepemc Ts’ka7 Warriors have acted out their collective responsibility and jurisdiction to and in the Ts’ka7 area by deactivating the Imperial Metals Ruddock Creek mine road,” reads the statement online at popularresistance.org. Read the rest of this entry →
APTN National News, Oct 15, 2014
An Indigenous resistance group under the name of Secwepemc Ts’ka7 Warriors burned a bridge connected to a proposed British Columbia zinc and lead mine owned by the mining company now trying to clean up the Mount Polley environmental disaster, APTN National News has independently confirmed.
Ts’ka7 Warriors issued a statement Wednesday taking responsibility for torching a bridge at the Ruddock Creek Mine operation, of which Imperial Metals is the majority owner. Read the rest of this entry →
With much discussion with Elders Councils and around Sacred fires and ceremonies the Secwepemc Ts’ka7 Warriors have acted out their collective responsibility and jurisdiction to and in the Ts’ka7 area by deactivating the Imperial Metals Ruddock Creek mine road.
Imperial Metals Corporation never asked for or received free, prior and informed consent to operate in Secwepemc Territory. The Imperial Metals Mount Polley mine disaster, in the area known as Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe, the absolute destruction and devastation of our Territory has never been answered for. No reparations have been made. Instead Imperial Metals continues to force through another mine in our Territory while criminalizing the Klabona Keepers of the Tahltan Nation also exerting their jurisdictional and withholding consent from the same company.
Northwest B.C. mine blockade ends for now
Terrace Standard, Oct 15, 2014
A group of Tahltan and others who had been blocking access to the nearly-completed Red Chris copper mine owned by Imperial Metals have, for now, stopped their action.
The decision earlier this week followed the granting to Imperial Metals of an interim junction to stop the blockade and, as of Oct. 14, an enforcement order which could have resulted in the arrest of people at the blockade. Read the rest of this entry →