Tsilhqot’in send cease and desist letter to junior miner: BUSINESS IN VANCOUVER

Another mining company has run up against the Tsilhqot’in First Nation, whose aboriginal title to land in its traditional territory was recognized by the Supreme Court of Canada. The Tsilhqot’in have sent cease and desist letters to the B.C. government and Amarc Resources Ltd....
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Understaffing, deregulation to blame for Mount Polley disaster: critics: VANCOUVER OBSERVER

Another mining company has run up against the Tsilhqot’in First Nation, whose aboriginal title to land in its traditional territory was recognized by the Supreme Court of Canada. The Tsilhqot’in have sent cease and desist letters to the B.C. government and Amarc Resources Ltd....
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Tailings ponds – what’s in them, and how they’re regulated? CBC

The breach of a tailings pond at the Mount Polley copper and gold mine in B.C. has released 10 billion litres of mining wastewater into local waterways in early August. Local residents have been banned from using the water from the Quesnel and Cariboo river systems. Here are the...
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Mines minister: Tailings breach should not have happened: VANCOUVER SUN

The province has ordered Imperial Metals to halt the pollution and assess the damage from its failed Mount Polley mine tailings dam, with deadlines and legal threats for non-compliance. One immediate concern involves plugging the dam so that anticipated rains don’t create further...
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Mount Polley mine tailings pond breach followed years of government warnings: CBC

The B.C. Ministry of Environment says it warned Imperial Metals about the level of wastewater in the tailings pond at its Mount Polley mine repeatedly before this week’s devastating breach. The breach of the tailings pond dam at the copper and gold mine near Likely, B.C.,...
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Mine warnings ignored, critics say: CP

Concerns raised in a report three years before a massive tailings pond breached at the Mount Polley gold and copper mine in central British Columbia were “basically ignored,” says a First Nations leader whose territory has been soiled by the disaster. Bev Sellers,...
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Mount Polley ‘The devastation up the lake is unbelievable: CBC

Residents affected by the wastewater spill from Imperial Metals’s Mount Polley copper and gold mine near Likely, B.C., are worried about the impact on their health and the environment. “The tailings pond is so full of chemicals. The water is green, fish...
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Tailings pond breach at Mount Polley Mine near Likely, BC: GLOBAL TV

Local residents are calling it an environmental disaster. A breach of the tailings pond on Mount Polley Mine sent five million cubic metres of toxic waste into Hazeltine Creek, Quesnel Lake and Polley Lake, with fears it could spread far and wide in the coming days. Residents in...
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Mount Polley Mine’s tailings pond – ‘massive environmental disaster: POSTMEDIA

As far back as 2011, concerns were raised about the tailings pond at the Mount Polley Mine. Brian Olding and Associates, an environmental consulting firm, prepared a detailed report that was submitted to the provincial Ministry of the Environment. “We looked at the pond and we...
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B.C. First Nation behind landmark land title case releases mining policy: CP

A British Columbia First Nation behind a recent Supreme Court of Canada case that significantly expanded aboriginal land title rights laid out ground rules Thursday for mining projects on its traditional territory, requiring resource companies to minimize the negative impacts of...
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B.C. government approves $5.3-billion copper-gold mine in province’s north: CP

The British Columbia government has granted environmental approval for a proposed $5.3-billion mine in the provinces north, which would tap into one of the largest gold and copper deposits in the world and has already received support from local First Nations. The provincial...
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Ont. First Nations prepared to lay down their lives to protect lands: chiefs: CP

Aboriginal people in Ontario are prepared to lay down their lives to protect their traditional lands from any unwanted development, a group of First Nations chiefs said Tuesday. Five aboriginal chiefs served notice on the Ontario and federal governments, developers and the public...
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