Cranbrook Daily Townsman – MLA reflects on economy, mining in 2015.

By Trevor Crawley. It’s been a year of ups and downs in British Columbia, but Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett is optimistic moving into a new year. Bennett, the longtime regional MLA who has served East Kootenay constituents since 2002, notes that B.C. is the only in Canada...
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Al Jazeera – British Columbia updates mining laws after 2014 Mt. Polley disaster.

By Renee Lewis. In the wake of the 2014 Mount Polley mine disaster in British Columbia, Canada, which unleashed 10 million cubic meters of contaminated water into nearby waterways, the provincial government has started to update its mining laws based on a series of...
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Canadian Consulting Engineer – Report on Mount Polley disaster finds engineers did not do adequate studies

The B.C. Government has promised to introduce regulations on mine design and safety that will have a major impact on consulting engineers who work in the sector. The announcement on December 17 by Bill Bennett, the B.C. Minister of Energy and Mines, followed closely on the...
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CBC – Ross River Dena Council to appeal hunting licence court decision – appealing late November decision, where judge said gov’t already adequately consulting

Yukon’s Ross River Dena Council is appealing a recent Yukon Supreme Court ruling denying them a say in how hunting licences are issued in their traditional territory. In late November, Yukon Supreme Court Justice Ron Veale ruled against the Dena Council, saying that the...
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BC Local News – Bennett: Government taking action on Mount Polley.

 By Trevor Crawley The B.C. government announced it will introduce new regulations and requirements stemming from recommendations that came out of an investigation into a tailings facility failure at Mount Polley in August 2014. Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett made the...
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Victoria Times Colonist -No charges to be laid in Mount Polley dam breach.

By Les Leyne Part of the report by the chief inspector of mines on the Mount Polley tailings-dam failure was devoted to “root cause analysis,” an investigative process developed to look at all the factors that go into engineering failures. The report cites the Challenger...
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Gov’t BC NR – Mount Polley – No charges:

In response to the findings and recommendations of the Chief Inspector of Mines (CIM) investigation into the tailings storage facility (TSF) at Mount Polley Mine in August 2014. Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett announced today that government will introduce new regulations...
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Vancouver Sun – No charges under B.C.’s mining laws for failure of Mount Polley mine dam.

By Gordon Hoekstra. No charges will be issued under the province’s mining laws against Imperial Metals after the catastrophic failure of its Mount Polley gold and copper mine tailings dam. B.C.’s chief inspector of mines decided not to forward charges to Crown counsel involving...
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CBC. with audio – Mines Minister Bill Bennett commits to inspector’s Mt. Polley recommendations. Chief inspector of mines says no rules broken, but best practises not followed

B.C.’s chief mine inspector has released his latest review of what caused the tailings pond breach of the Mt. Polley Mine in August 2014. Chief inspector of mines Al Hoffman concluded that the failure was due to the mine’s design and other geotechnical factors, but he...
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CP – B.C. mines inspector makes 19 recommendations over collapse of Mount Polley tailings pond.

 By Dirk Meissner. Operators and engineers at the Mount Polley mine were over confident in the design of a tailings-storage facility that collapsed and created an environmental disaster, says British Columbia’s chief inspector of mines. Al Hoffman also found weak water-management...
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Mining.com – Imperial Metals escapes charges from Mount Polley tailings breach.

By Michael Allan McCrae. No charges will be laid by the provincial government due to the failure of the Mount Polley tailings dam, said the B.C. chief mines inspector. “The chief inspector found that the mine and its engineers employed weak practices on the mine site and...
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CKRW Radio – Mineral staking ban extended in Peel Watershed

The Yukon government is extending its mineral staking ban in the Peel Watershed for two years. An order in council amending the Placer Mining and Quartz Mining Acts signed by the Commissioner yesterday, says no new claims can be staked until January 1st, 2018. NDP Energy, Mines,...
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