Category Archives: Mining

Video: Was Sen. John McCain Run Off the Navajo Nation?

Navajo protesters look on as McCain's entourage flees. Photo: Indian Country Today.

Navajo protesters look on as McCain’s entourage flees. Photo: Indian Country Today.

by Indian Country Today, Aug 20, 2015

Reports, and a video, have surfaced claiming that protesters decrying the Oak Flat land grab and other disrespect to Indians allegedly perpetrated by John McCain ran his cavalcade off the Navajo Nation when he was there to celebrate Code Talkers Day on August 14.

“Water is life!” they changed in Navajo, waving banners painted with messages including “McCain = Indian Killer” and “McCain’s not welcome here.” Read the rest of this entry

Southern Ute Tribe Declares Disaster Over Mining Spill in Animas River

The Animas River, orange coloured as a result of contamination from gold mine waste water spill. Photo: CNN.

The Animas River, orange coloured as a result of contamination from gold mine waste water spill. Photo: CNN.

Indian Country Today, August 13, 2015

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe, the first to watch a 100-mile-long plume of toxic mining sludge flow through their reservation in the Animas River, has declared a state of local disaster.

“The cost and magnitude of responding to and recovery from the impact of the water contamination from the Gold King Mine Animas River Spill, caused by the EPA on August 5, 2015 is far in excess of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s available resources,” the tribe said in its declaration. Read the rest of this entry

Native Resistance to Canada’s Worst Mining Disaster – Mount Polley

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by Kanahus Manuel, posted to Youtube Aug 1, 2015

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Mount Polley Disaster Memorial Gathering, August 4, 2015

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Video: Confront Mount Polley Permit

by Kanahus Manuel, published to Youtube on Jul 13, 2015

** BREAKING ** WARRIOR NEWS **
The Peoples confront the government of so-called british columbia after they issue a provincial “re-opening permit” to Imperial Metals Mount Polley mine. The Secwepemc Peoples have never given consent for Mount Polley to operate or reopen this mine at Yuct Ne Senxiymentkwe, in their unceded, unsurrendered Secwepemc Territory!

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Mount Polley restart ignores water concerns: First Nations

Mount Polley tailings pond breach.

Mount Polley tailings pond breach, August 2014.

B.C. is allowing a partial reopening of mine that had catastrophic dam failure last summer

The T’exelc and Xatsull First Nations say they are extremely disappointed that the B.C. government has allowed Imperial Metals to partly restart the Mount Polley mine.

The First Nations contend that allowing the gold and copper mine to reopen is premature, ignores their concerns and could place their and other communities at risk.

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Red Chris Mine gets green light from B.C. government

Tahtlan, members of Secwepemc delegation and comrades from Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp blockade Red Chris Mine site, Sept 29, 2014.

Tahtlan, members of Secwepemc delegation and comrades from Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp blockade Red Chris Mine site, Sept 29, 2014.

Mine is owned by same company that operates Mount Polley

The Canadian Press, June 19, 2015

A gold and copper mine in northwestern B.C. that still faces angry opposition from its neighbours in Alaska has received approval for a full operating permit from the provincial government.

B.C. Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett announced Friday that the Red Chris Mine, owned by Imperial Metals, will soon be in full production, despite environmental concerns from First Nations, environmental groups and Alaskans, who are downstream from the mine site. Read the rest of this entry

Noisy ‘welcome’ for Imperial Metals shareholders

Photos by Murray Bush, Flux Photos.

Photos by Murray Bush, Flux Photos.

by Murray Bush/flux photo, Vancouver Media Coop, May 2015

OAST SALISH TERRITORY –  Imperial Metals, the mining company responsible for the Mount Polley Mine tailings disaster, held its Annual General Meeting in downtown Vancouver today.

The meeting had to be held behind police lines to keep shareholders from hearing directly from opponents of their mining plans – environmentalists, community members, activists and peoples of the Secwepemc, Tahltan, Wet’suwet’en, Ahousaht, and Tla-o-qui-aht nations. Read the rest of this entry

Imperial Metals losing money as Mount Polley still closed, Red Chris not at full production

Aerial view of the Mount Polley tailings pond breach.

Aerial view of the Mount Polley tailings pond breach.

Company has applied to restart Mt Polley, closed since failure last summer of waste dam

Talks continue after B.C. Rail buys coal licenses on Tahltan “sacred” ground

Defenders of the sacred head waters photo courtesy: Red Sparks Union

Defenders of the sacred head waters photo courtesy: Red Sparks Union

by Keven Drews and Dirk Meissner, Vancouver Observer/The Canadian Press, May 5th, 2015
VICTORIA — Sixty−one disputed licences to mine coal will be bought by a Crown corporation in an area of northwestern British Columbia consider sacred by First Nations, says Mines Minister Bill Bennett.The $18.3−million deal announced Monday will see the British Columbia Railway Company buy the licences in the Klappan area from Fortune Minerals (TSX:FT) and POSCO Canada.

The Klappan has been the site of protests and a bitter fight over resource extraction.

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