Elevated levels of chemicals found in Mount Polley sediment: GLOBAL TV

The most recent test results of sediment near a tailings pond breach in B.C.’s Cariboo region reveals elevated levels of seven chemicals. They include copper, iron, manganese, arsenic, silver, selenium, and vanadium. However, the Ministry of Environment says these levels are...
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Archaeologists in demand as companies consult if sites historically significant. FINANCIAL POST

Grant Aylesworth recognizes that many people think archeology involves khaki-clad researchers digging up museum-bound artifacts in exotic locales. That happens, but in Canada a growing number of professional archaeologists such as Mr. Aylesworth are actually consulting for...
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Proposed placer mine fails to gain board’s support: WHITEHORSE STAR

A proposed placer gold mine on Congdon Creek along the border of Kluane National Park has been given the thumbs down by YESAB. The Haines Junction office of the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board recommended last Friday the project be rejected by the Yukon...
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Mount Polley to provide water filters: WILLIAMS LAKE TRIBUNE

While attempts to mitigate the Mount Polley tailings breach continue to unfold Likely residents have been told Imperial Metals will provide water filters and installation free of charge for people who get their water from Quesnel Lake. “There is quite a bit of concern in...
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Nadleh Whut’en Invite First Nations to Sign Accord: CFNR-FM

The Nadleh Whut’en are holding a meeting tomorrow with First Nations interested in signing an accord with them. The accord pledges protection of their land children, waters and environment. The Tsilhqot’in, Wet’suwet’en and Gitxsan have been invited to join them. Read more:...
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Mount Polley tailings spill disrupts future of local fishing lodge: VANCOUVER OBSERVER.

“I planned on dying here,” Skeed Borkowski, owner of the Northern Lights Lodge, said. “But not from drinking the water.” The lodge, located on Quesnel Lake, is one of many local homes and businesses left to hang precariously in the aftermath of the Mount Polley mine spill that...
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Cost cutting can backfire. TRI-CITIES NOW

B.C.’s economy — already facing what seems like the perfect economic storm of stagnant job growth, an acute skills shortage and the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision on First Nation land title claims — can now add one more low pressure system into that mix: the Mount Polley...
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Mount Polley tailings breach a wake-up call for mining industry – Suzuki: STRAIGHT.COM

He failed to mention the 46 “dangerous or unusual occurrences” that B.C’s chief inspector of mines reported at tailings ponds in the province between 2000 and 2012, as well as breaches at non-operating mine sites. This spill was predictable. Concerns were raised about Mount...
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Taseko applies to convert judicial reviews to civil suit action: WILLIAMS LAKE TRIBUNE

Taseko Mines Ltd. is hoping to convert two judicial reviews against the environmental assessment of its proposed New Prosperity Mine into one civil action suit. “We made an application on Friday,” Taseko vice-president of corporate affairs Brian Battison confirmed Monday. “A...
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Workshop helps First Nations map territories, histories: VICTORIA TIMES COLONIST

A four-day mapping workshop at the University of Victoria this week has members from more than 70 First Nations charting their territories and stories under the technical guidance of Google Earth Outreach staff. “We wanted to bring people from different aboriginal communities...
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Mount Polley mine: tourism operators plead for help. Local operators facing financial disaster: CBC

Business owners say reservations have dropped drastically in the wake of the tailings pond breach. And many of the miners who stay in local hotels and eat in local pubs have disappeared. “As far as we’re concerned, it’s a disaster that nobody’s doing anything about,”...
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Mount Polley spill: blockade ends, First Nation to oversee review of tailings pond: CP

A B.C. company behind a tailings spill earlier this month has signed an agreement with a First Nation to review the tailings facility in a separate project. Imperial Metals expects to open its Red Chris gold and copper mine, located in northwestern B.C., later this year. But the...
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