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Secwepemc establish checkpoint and camp to monitor Mount Polley disaster

Mount polley secwepemc camp 2Press Release from Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp, August 21, 2014

The Secwepemc have established a monitoring checkpoint and encampment at the entrance of the Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley Mine where, on August 4th 2014, the largest environmental disaster in British Columbia’s history unfolded as the damn to the mine’s tailings pond broke and unleashed 2.5 billion gallons of contaminated water and 4.5 million cubic metres of metals laden silt into Hazeltine Creek, Polley Lake and Quesnel Lake on the way to the Fraser River Watershed. Read the rest of this entry

Wet’suwet’en Couple Raising a Child at a Tailings Pond Blockade

Moly and Cody prep salmon at the Unist'ot'en Camp. All photos via the author.

Moly and Cody prep salmon at the Unist’ot’en Camp. All photos via the author.

By Michael Toledano, Vice,

Molly Wickham and Cody Merriman are raising their three-year old son at a tailings pond blockade on unsurrendered indigenous land. The family has just moved into a cabin that overlooks a pristine body of water, known to the government of British Columbia as McBride Lake and to the native Gitdumden Clan as Lhudis Bin. Nanika Mines, proposing to dig molybdenum out of Nanika Mountain, seeks to turn one end of Lhudis Bin into a tailings pond—a permanent holding pool for toxic waste. Read the rest of this entry

First Nation aims to evict Imperial Metals over Mount Polley tailings spill

Neskonlith Indian Band says Imperial Metals ‘failed to properly protect land and water in our territory’

The Canadian Press/CBC,  Aug 13, 2014

Rally in Vancouver on Aug 11, 2014, against Imperial Metals.

Rally in Vancouver on Aug 11, 2014, against Imperial Metals.

A First Nations band in British Columbia has issued an eviction notice to the company that owns the Mount Polley tailings pond, which spilled millions of cubic metres of waste in the Cariboo region.

The Neskonlith are urging Imperial Metals Corp. (TSX:III) to leave their land, which is in the Thompson Okanagan region, about 48 kilometres east of Kamloops near the village of Chase. Read the rest of this entry

Secwepemc protest Imperial Metals and company’s ties with government

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Tahltan call for blockade of Imperial Metals mine in wake of Mt. Polley disaster

Tahltan Klabona Keepers during blockade of Fortune Minerals mine, 2013.

Tahltan Klabona Keepers during blockade of Fortune Minerals mine, 2013.

Water-use ban remains in effect until further testing, official says

LIKELY — A group of Tahltan First Nation elders is adding to the opposition of mining projects in British Columbia following the Mount Polley tailings-dam failure calling for a blockade today of the Red Chris mine project near Iskut in the far northwest.

Red Chris, a $500-million copper gold mine under construction, and the Mount Polley mine north are both owned by Imperial Metals Corp. and the elders, under the name the Klabona Keepers, issued an advisory calling for the action “in response to the (Mount Polley Mine) disaster and our serious concerns over (Red Chris Mine).

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Mount Polley mine disaster a blow to First Nations cooperation on B.C. mines

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1.3 Billion Gallons Of Mining Waste Flows Into BC Rivers

Aerial view of the Mount Polley tailings pond breach.

Aerial view of the Mount Polley tailings pond breach.

August 5, 201

Hundreds of people in British Columbia can’t use their water after more than a billion gallons of mining waste spilled into rivers and creeks in the province’s Cariboo region.  [The mine is located in Secwepemc territory in central B.C. and is owned by the B.C. mining company Imperial Metals.]

A breach in a tailings pond from the open-pit Mount Polley copper and gold mine sent five million cubic meters (1.3 billion gallons) of slurry gushing into Hazeltine Creek in B.C. That’s the equivalent of 2,000 Olympic swimming pools of waste, the CBC reports. Tailings ponds from mineral mines store a mix of water, chemicals and ground-up minerals left over from mining operations.

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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

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