No cracks in the B.C. Liberals’ stonewall on Mount Polley: VANCOUVER SUN

Government, company hide behind investigations on tailings dam collapse VICTORIA — As reporter Gordon Hoekstra tells it, he was marking time for a flight out of Williams Lake earlier this month and he decided to see what the regional library had on file about the troubled Mount...
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Tahltan activists block Red Chris mine site: TERRACE STANDARD

A group of First Nations protestors has set up a blockade at the access to Imperial Metals’ Red Chris mine. The mine, which is scheduled to open this year, has raised concern because the design of its earthen-dammed tailings pond is the same as the one at the Mount Polley...
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NWT doles out exploration grants as diamond activity heats up: MINING.COM

Northwest Territories, the northern Canadian region known for diamond mining, is giving a leg up to exploration companies through an incentive program it first rolled out in June. The Mining Incentive Program (MIP) provides funds to eligible prospectors and exploratio...
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Worker says he got lead poisoning at mine cleanup: CBC

John Dicks says he believes he inhaled lead dust while working at Sa Dena Hes A worker who was allegedly lead-poisoned while dismantling a defunct mine in the Yukon is speaking out. The Yukon Workers Compensation Health and Safety Board has been investigating the cleanup work at...
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Imperial’s cleanup plan underway for Mount Polley, but questions remain: VANCOUVER SUN

Some residents remain dissatisfied with company’s efforts and provincial oversight LIKELY — With 24 million cubic metres of water and tailings flushed downstream of the Mount Polley gold and copper mine, the company’s biggest challenge now is to keep the remaining tailings and...
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Gitxaala First Nation granted leave to appeal Northern Gateway pipeline: CBC

First Nation granted permission to apply for judicial review of Enbridge project The Federal Court of Appeal has granted leave to the Gitxaala Nation to apply for judicial review of the Northern Gateway pipeline project’s approval. The Gitxaala is challenging the federal...
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No cracks in the B.C. Liberals’ stonewall on Mount Polley: VANCOUVER SUN

Government, company hide behind investigations on tailings dam collapse VICTORIA — As reporter Gordon Hoekstra tells it, he was marking time for a flight out of Williams Lake earlier this month and he decided to see what the regional library had on file about the troubled Mount...
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Latest Mount Polley test results released: CKNW AM.

The latest batch of water and sediment testing results show levels still exceeding safe standards in Hazeltine creek and into Quesnel lake after last month’s tailings pond breach. The samples tested came back showing excessive levels of copper, iron, manganese, arsenic, selenium,...
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Canada to Push Aboriginal Treaties amid Stalled Pipelines: BUSINESS WEEKLY

Canadian Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt said his government is increasing efforts to settle land claims with aboriginal groups to ease opposition to resource projects such as pipelines. The government wants to reform the way it negotiates land-claim treaties in the...
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Salmo-area dam failure would have ‘very high’ consequences: NELSON STAR

A safety review of the HB mine tailings dam south of Salmo concludes the potential consequences of a failure should be reclassified as “very high” based on Canadian dam safety guidelines. The worst-case scenario report by Kelowna consultant Tetra Tech EBA released last week...
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Investigations get underway at Mount Polley Mine: WILLIAMS LAKE TRIBUNE

Several investigations are now underway into the Mount Polley Mine tailings breach, the Ministry of Energy and Mines said Wednesday. An independent engineering inquiry being led by a panel of three geotechnical experts will investigate the cause of the failure, including...
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Crack in Mount Polley mine’s dam noted in 2010 inspection report: VANCOUVER SUN

Imperial Metals, B.C. government refuse to comment on report, cite ongoing investigation into dam’s collapse === A 2010 dam safety inspection at the Mount Polley gold and copper mine identified several concerns, including the discovery of a 10 to 15-metre long “tension” crack in...
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