Category Archives: Mining

Secwepemc people say “NO” to Imperial Metals

by Isha Jules, posted to Youtube June 18, 2014

Imperial Metals attempted to do a “community presentation” in the Secwepemc community of Neskonlith, near Chase, BC, on June 16, 2014, but were shut down by opponents of the company’s proposed Ruddock Creek mine.

Guatemala: Police Violently Evict the La Puya Mining Resistance

Riot cops eventually succeeded in moving in heavy machinery for the mining corporation.

Riot cops eventually succeeded in moving in heavy machinery for the mining corporation.

By James Rodríguez, Vice,

Since March 2012, hundreds of local community members from San José del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc, Guatemala, have peacefully blocked the entrance to US-based Kappes, Cassiday & Associates’ El Tambor gold mine. Locals argue the industrial project will consume their already short supplies of water and believe there was no appropriate consultation process regarding the installation of the mine. Read the rest of this entry

Oglala Lakotas Oppose Expansion of Uranium Mining Near Reservation

Debra White Plume.

Debra White Plume.

Pine Ridge Reservation tribes cite unusually high rates of cancer, birth defects, and other health problems

by Conor Gallagher, Earth Island Journal (via Earth First! Journal), May 12, 2014

In 2008, Debra White Plume, an Oglala Lakota environmental justice activist, received a piece of mail with no return address. Inside was a 1989 letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from John Peterson, an exploration geologist who had worked on what is now the Crow Butte uranium mine in northwestern Nebraska. In the letter, Peterson describes how uranium mining in the area would almost certainly contaminate the regional water supply if it went forward. “I believe certain aspects of the geology of the Crow Butte uranium deposits have been deliberately overlooked or suppressed so that mining could proceed and profits be gained regardless of the effect upon local ground water quality,” he wrote. Read the rest of this entry

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

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