Alaska Dispatch News – Alaska Natives, environmentalists add to push for action on nearby Canadian mining.

 By Erica Martinson WASHINGTON — Alaska Native and environmental groups on Monday petitioned the Interior Secretary to launch a formal investigation into whether pollution from mines in British Columbia is causing problems for wildlife across the border in Southeast Alaska. The...
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Hill Times – Indigenous leaders unite to protect international watersheds.

 By Shane Gottfreidson and Fred Olsen Shane Gottfriedson, former chief of Tkemlups the Secwepemc, is the elected regional chief of the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations, a provincial territorial organization representing the 203 First Nations in British Columbia. He is...
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Williams Lake Tribune – Government representatives, union and industry welcome Mount Polley’s return to full production

Representatives from government, unions and the mining industry welcomed the decision by the statutory decision makers with the provincial government to allow Imperial Metal’s Mount Polley Mining Corporation to return to full production, citing the mine’s importance to the...
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Vancouver Sun – Rangers to be posted at access points to aboriginal title lands in Chilcotin.

By Larry Pynn. A First Nation asserting control over its court-awarded title lands in the Chilcotin will be posting uniformed rangers at key access points to its territory this summer. Tourists are welcome to visit the Nemiah Valley, provided that they don’t hunt or carry...
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Vancouver Sun – Mount Polley tailings dam repairs OK’d as gold and copper mine to get back to full business.

By Gordon Hoekstra Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley mine has been given the OK to return to full production using a repaired and reinforced mine waste dam that had failed nearly two years ago. That meets an anticipated timeline by the Vancouver-based company, which had said last...
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Globe and Mail – Mount Polley mine in B.C. resumes full operations two years after tailings spill.

 By Justine Hunter VICTORIA — Almost two years after one of Canada’s worst environmental mining accidents, the Mount Polley mine is resuming full operations with a repaired and reinforced tailings pond dam. B.C. Mines Minister Bill Bennett said Thursday he is confident that the...
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24 Hours Vancouver – Majority of trees dead near Mt. Polley spill.

By Michael Miu Numerous species of trees have perished in a “halo” zone where tailings from the infamous Mount Polley spill have created a suffocating blanket over parts of the forest, according to the latest update submitted to government. During the tailings dam breach in...
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CFRN – Public commenting period open on Mt. Polley Mine report. With Gov’t NR

By Gene Law The public now has a chance to comment on the Mount Polley environmental impact report. The 30-day comment period is a requirement of the pollution abatement order against Mount Polley Mining Corporation following a catastrophic breach of the mine’s tailings dam.  In...
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Vancouver Sun/Province – B.C. Energy Minister Bill Bennett plans to quit politics

B.C. Energy Minister Bill Bennett says he won’t run for re-election in 2017, capping an extraordinary career in which he rode a political roller-coaster from a seat at the cabinet table, to political exile, and back to the top again. Bennett, the Liberal MLA for Kootenay East,...
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Allan Barry Reports: AME BC makes baseless allegations of extortion by First Nations in BC on National Aboriginal Day.

By Allan Barry Earlier this morning I read an article in the Vancouver Sun that contained baseless allegations of extortion by First Nations people in BC made by AME BC. I’m very disappointed that AME BC went public with these allegations without indicating any facts, just the...
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Vancouver Sun – First Nations cannot demand access fees from mineral exploration companies, minister says.

By Vaughn Palmer VICTORIA — The B.C. Liberals have advised mineral exploration companies that they can refuse to pay fees demanded by some First Nations for access to work sites where provincial permits have already been issued. “I am pleased to share the provincial view on this...
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By Bob Weber Canada’s First Nations have a stake worth hundreds of millions of dollars in resource industry development and are likely to call more of the industry’s shots in the future, concludes a research paper. “There is not going to be a very substantial...
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