Vancouver Sun – Christy Clark’s call for thermal-coal export ban in B.C. a ‘game-changer,’ enviros say.

By Gordon Hoekstra. Liberal Leader Christy Clark’s call to ban U.S. thermal-coal exports through B.C. ports has made her, suddenly, an unlikely ally of environmentalists. Clark made the request to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday in retaliation for the U.S. imposing...
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Kamloops Infotel – Todd Stone clarifies ‘support’ for Ajax mine… kind of.

By Kim Anderson. KAMLOOPS – Yesterday, Todd Stone stepped deeper into the Ajax mine discussion than ever before, but today he is walking back his comments… at least a little. In a CBC interview yesterday, the Kamloops-South Thompson candidate sounded so hopeful the mine would...
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Vancouver Sun – A strong mineral exploration and mining industry benefits all British Columbians

Bu Karen Brino (MABC) and Gavin Dirom (AMEBC). Spring has arrived, and a provincial election is just around the corner. Now is the time for British Columbians to think about how their next government will ensure the mineral exploration and mining industry can remain globally...
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DeSmog – Unmonitored Mining Pollutes Fraser River, Threatens Salmon Runs

By Judith Lavoie. Hundreds of placer mines, which have never undergone environmental assessments, are operating in the Fraser River watershed with minimal government oversight despite mounting evidence that the operations pollute water and harm salmon, a report by the Fair Mining...
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..Question #5:  Who does your party think should pay to clean up mining disasters such as the Tulsequah Chief acid drainage and the Mt. Polley tailings dam collapse:  taxpayers, or the mining company involved?  What, if any, changes would be required? Katrine Conroy, NDP: ...
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Canadian Mining Journal – Imperial’s Mount Polley shows promise following 2014 tailings dam failure

It’s been over two and a half years since a catastrophic tailings dam failure paralyzed activity at Imperial Metals’ (TSX: III; US-OTC: IPMLF) Mount Polley copper-gold mine, 56 km northeast of Williams Lake, B.C., but now, with a long term water management permit in hand and...
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Kamloops This Week – Experts to advise Kamloops, B.C. on proposed mine’s potential health effects

Councillors in Kamloops, B.C., have called on experts to advise them on any health effects of a controversial gold and copper mine proposed for the outskirts of the city. Council voted unanimously to invite regional medical health officer Kamran Golmohammadi and air quality...
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National Observer – Indigenous law banishes a giant B.C. mine.

By Elizabeth McSheffrey. The moment you step onto Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc land in southern British Columbia, according to Chief Ron Ignace, you are a beggar. As an outsider, you have no rights and you’ve strayed away from your home and family. You are considered a poor...
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Terrace Standard – Terrace company sues Brucejack mine owners, contractor for $14.5 million

Bear Creek Contracting of Terrace is suing the owners of a nearly-completed gold mine north of here and one of its subcontractors for $14.5 million for work performed last year. The money was spent to accelerate construction of concrete foundations for 171 transmission line...
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CBC – B.C. moves to ban U.S. coal transport in retaliation for softwood duties.

In the wake of the U.S. imposing new penalties on Canadian softwood lumber imports, B.C. Premier Christy Clark is asking Ottawa to ban the shipment of all thermal coal — including U.S. thermal coal — through British Columbia. “We’ve gone from seeing Americans as being...
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CBC – New life for Yukon’s Minto Mine as closure plans put on hold. Minto was expected to shut down this year, but Capstone Mining says it will keep going until at least 2020

Yukon’s only operating mine will stay active until at least 2020, according to Capstone Mining. The company’s plan was to put its Minto Mine into care and maintenance mode in December of this year, but that plan has been put on hold. Capstone now says it will keep...
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CBC – Nahanni Butte plans to move ahead with road construction despite court case. N.W.T. government took band to court after community members started clearing out logging road

Two stop-work orders and one court appearance later, the Nahanni Butte Dene Band says it won’t be denied from building a road out of the small community. The N.W.T. government took the band to court earlier this month after community members started clearing an old logging...
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