Category Archives: Mining

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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National Call To Action: April 29 Stop Mt Polley from reopening

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Canada mining company Barrick Gold compensates Papua New Guinea women after alleged rapes

On October 28, 2014, hundreds of Porgerans marched onto Barrick Gold’s Porgera mine site to demand benefits that rightfully belong to the Porgera Special Mining Lease (SML) Landowners.

On October 28, 2014, hundreds of Porgerans marched onto Barrick Gold’s Porgera mine site to demand benefits that rightfully belong to the Porgera Special Mining Lease (SML) Landowners.

Watchdog reported pattern of extreme sexual violence by security workers; 11 tribal women said a previous ‘remedy framework’ for 137 women fell short

Toxic Tour takes to the streets in Vancouver

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All photos by Murray Bush-Flux Photo.

by Murray Bush, Vancouver Media Coop, March 28, 2015

COAST SALISH TERRITORIES –  The 2015 Toxic Tour wound its way through downtown Vancouver this afternoon. The guided tour stopped outside major Canadian extractive industry headquarters with information on human rights and other abuses practiced by notorious Canadian resource companies like Chevron, Goldcorp and Barrick Gold.  Speakers came from Latin America, Africa , Northern BC, and the Philippines. Read the rest of this entry

Final hearings to begin for Kiggavik uranium mine near Baker Lake

Two men work at the fuel storage site at the proposed Kiggavik uranium mine, near Baker Lake, Nunavut. (The Canadian Press).

Two men work at the fuel storage site at the proposed Kiggavik uranium mine, near Baker Lake, Nunavut. (The Canadian Press)

Areva’s proposal for underground and open-pit mines before Nunavut Impact Review Board

By Bob Weber, CBC News/The Canadian Press, Mar 02, 2015

Hilu Tagoona was just a girl the first time uranium miners proposed to develop a massive deposit of the radioactive metal near her home town of Baker Lake, Nunavut.

“I was about 11,” she says. “I spent many an hour listening to (presentations), spending time at the hearings.”

Now, at 37, she’s about to relive her childhood as final hearings begin this week before the Nunavut Impact Review Board on a second proposal to eventually build a mine on the tundra. As a spokeswoman for the anti-uranium group Makitagunarningit, her opinion on it hasn’t changed. Read the rest of this entry

Dene People in Northern Saskatchewan Are Resisting Uranium and Tar Sands Mining

All photos courtesy of Joey Podlubny, Vice.com,

All photos courtesy of Joey Podlubny, Vice.com,

By Michael Toledano, Vice.com, February 11, 2015

On November 22nd, 2014, a small group of Dene trappers called the Northern Trappers Alliance set up a checkpoint on Saskatchewan’s Highway 955, allowing locals to pass while blockading the industrial traffic of tar sands and uranium exploration companies. On December 1st, officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police descended on the site with an injunction from the province and forcibly dismantled the blockade.

Eighty days later, the trappers remain camped on the side of the highway in weather that has routinely dipped below -40C. They are constructing a cabin to stay there permanently. The cabin will be a meeting place for Dene people and northern land defenders.

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Mount Polley spill: Search warrants executed at Imperial Metals

Conservation and fisheries officers execute search warrants Tuesday night at the offices of Imperial Metals, the owners and operators of the Mount Polley mine. (CBC)

Conservation and fisheries officers execute search warrants Tuesday night at the offices of Imperial Metals, the owners and operators of the Mount Polley mine. (CBC)

B.C. Conservation Service conducts joint investigation involving RCMP, Environment Canada and Fisheries

CBC News, Feb 03, 2015

The B.C. Conservation Service executed search warrants at the Mount Polley mine and the Vancouver offices of its owner Imperial Metals Tuesday night, in relation to the spill of 25 million cubic metres of waste from the mine’s tailings pond last August.

Insp. Chris Doyle with the conservation service said the search warrants were issued to support a joint investigation by the B.C. Conservation Service, the RCMP, Environment Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Read the rest of this entry

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