Category Archives: Mining

Geological survey expands in western B.C.

Geological survey helicopter

Helicopter equipped with magnetometer maps underground regions of magnetic minerals, gas and water.— image credit: Geoscience BC

by  Tom Fletcher , The Northern view, May 24, 2016

The latest geophysical survey of B.C. will map the largest area so far, creating a three-dimensional image indicating mineral and water resources far underground.

Geoscience BC has received $5 million from the provincial government for the Search II project, to complete an aerial magnetic survey of a 24,000 between Fort Fraser and Smithers, north of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park.

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Army Corps rejects permit for coal terminal at Cherry Point

Lummi drummers 2

Lummi drummers.

, Bellingham Herald, May 9, 2016

The proposed coal terminal for Cherry Point is likely dead after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied a needed permit Monday, May 9.

The Corps ruled the project would impact the treaty-protected fishing rights of Lummi Nation based on the fact that the proposed trestle and associated wharf would take up 144 acres over water.

“The Corps may not permit a project that abrogates treaty rights,” said Col. John Buck, commander of the Corps’ Seattle District.

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Imperial Metals Out Of Ahousaht Territory

Cat Face Mountain

Cat Face Mountain. Photo: Common Sense Canadian.

by Ancestral Pride, April 26, 2016

Out of concern for protecting Ahousaht territory from harmful resource extraction such as Imperial Metals copper mining on Chitaapii. Myself and my son Chico did a day hike up the southern peak of Catface mountain starting from Cypre Bay. As Imperial Metals is interested in three massive areas on Chitaapii, Hecate zone, Cliff face and Irishman creek.

Imperial Metals wants to utilize the Cypre Bay location as it has the infrastructure to place a work camp, first aid station, barge landing, air plane landing and boat dock. Read the rest of this entry

5 Maliseet chiefs want Sisson mine rejected

St. Mary’s, Tobique, Kingsclear, Oromocto, Madawaska chiefs respond to environmental assessment

Sisson mine mapBy Alan White, CBC News, April 21, 2016

The chiefs of five Maliseet First Nations in New Brunswick are calling for the proposed Sisson mine project to be rejected because of its impact on Maliseet people.

The chiefs of Kingsclear, Madawaska, Oromocto, St. Mary’s and Tobique First Nations issued a statement on Thursday in reaction to a federal study that said the proposed mine would have a “significant” impact on several communities. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. judge issues $3.4M fine to Teck mining for polluting the Columbia River

Teck trail bc smelter

Teck’s smelter in Trail, BC.

Company admits the toxic discharges were unacceptable

CBC News, March 01, 2016

A judge in Rossland, B.C., has issued a $3.4-million fine to B.C. mining giant Teck for polluting the Columbia River.

The company admitted to discharging elevated levels of toxins such as ammonia and cadmium from its zinc and lead smelter in Trail, B.C., over about 16 months ending last February. Read the rest of this entry

Miners’ injunction denied


Tahltan drill protest flag

TAHLTAN ELDERS Nancy McGhee and August Brown with Tahltan Central Government president Chad Norman Day, elder Alice Hamlin, Tahltan Central Government vice-president Heather Hawkins and elder Kitty Brown at drilling site last July. Photo from Terrace Standard.

by  Josh Massey, Terrace Standard, Feb 25, 2016

A court injunction sought against Tahltan Central Government president Chad Day and Tahltan First Nation elders for allegedly blocking a mining outfit from drilling in a culturally sensitive area near Telegraph Creek has been dismissed.

The B.C. Supreme Court injunction was sought by a mining exploration company called Doubleview after Day, another Tahltan representative and several Tahltan elders descended by helicopter onto the camp located 50 kilometres east of Telegraph Creek on July 7, 2015 asking the company to stop drilling. Read the rest of this entry

Northwest tribes unite against giant coal, oil projects

Maliseet First Nations ‘dismayed’ by Sisson Mine approval

Maliseet sisson mine mapNew Brunswick needed to accommodate aboriginal rights before approving EIA, says lawyer

CBC News, Dec 16, 2015

A lawyer representing the six Maliseet First Nations in New Brunswick says the communities are “dismayed” to hear the province has issued environmental impact assessment approval to the Sisson Mine project before concluding aboriginal accommodation discussions with them.

“It was sudden and in our view, it was premature,” said Dominique Nouvet in an interview on Information Morning Fredericton on Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry

First Nation outraged by permit allowing Mount Polley tailing release


Contents from a tailings pond is pictured going down the Hazeltine Creek into Quesnel Lake near the town of Likely, B.C. on August, 5, 2014. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

Mine responsible for 2014 environmental disaster granted permit to release effluent into Quesnel Lake

CBC News, Dec 2, 2015

Members of a B.C. First Nation are speaking out against the province for allowing the Mount Polley mine to drain effluent from a tailings pit into Quesnel Lake.

Secwepemc Nation spokesperson Kanahus Manuel is outraged by the province’s decision, and worried for the people who use Quesnel Lake. Read the rest of this entry

Community, First Nations leaders demand B.C. act to avert a second Mount Polley mine disaster

Local politicians and First Nation leaders are calling on the province to quickly avert another disaster at Mount Polley.They reacted angrily Sunday to news that recent heavy snow is pushing water levels to dangerous levels in a temporary containment pit. The pit was created to replace the tailings pond dam that collapsed in 2014.

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