Mining

Posted on November 08, 2013

by Dawn Paley

In rural towns throughout Mexico, life carries on as it has for generations. Sons help their fathers haul wood, women tend to the fire and select seeds, and whole families take part in sowing, caring for and harvesting crops.

Posted on December 01, 2014

Weeks after one of the world’s largest (by volume) heavy metals tailings catastrophes struck, smothered and polluted Hazeltine Creek near the western arm of Quesnel Lake, the BC Tap Water Alliance’s Coordinator and author, Will Koop, has released the first investigative report on Imperial Metals Corporation’s tailings dam, which engineers often refer to as a Tailings Storage Facility (TSF).

Posted on October 16, 2014

No Oilsands

On August 4th the tailings impoundment at the Mount Polley mine failed, releasing 25 million cubic metres of mine waste and construction material into the watersheds below. Some of the waste backed up into Polley Lake, most of it was dumped into the 10km Hazeltine Creek watershed and some spread downstream into Quesnel Lake.

Posted on August 19, 2014

"It does not look likely that the Quesnel sockeye run, which until recently was one of the largest in the Fraser system, will be impacted by the spill.  The Quesnel Lake’s about 100 kilometres long, and the tailings came in near the outlet, the last 10 kilometres. The water turns over really quickly.

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Posted on August 05, 2014

A complete water ban affecting about 300 local residents is in effect after five million cubic metres of tailings pond wastewater from the Mount Polley copper and gold mine was released early Monday into Hazeltine Creek.

That's an amount of water equivalent to about 2,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

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Posted on April 11, 2014

Victoria City Council passes motion supporting First Nation's call for mining moratorium

First Nation and environmentalists pleased with Council decision

VICTORIA – On Thursday, April 10th, Victoria City Council passed a motion supporting the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation’s call for a moratorium on mining in its territory in Clayoquot Sound.

Posted on October 02, 2013

by John Gellard

“May I come to the meeting?”

“Yes. All supporters are welcome.”

It’s August 17, 2013. I’m in the cooking tent at the Tahltan Beauty Camp on the flanks of Mount Klappan. The women are preparing a moose. They have wrapped a giant femur – just the bone – in foil and are putting it over a slow fire.

Anaham elder saying a prayer and drumming , M.Paquet photo “We teach our children to GET—get a car, get a job, get an education—but not what they can GIVE BACK to society. We need to let go of the modern colonialism, telling the Tsihlqot’in what they need. Let’s let go of our arrogance.” -- Barbara Hooper of Friends of Fish Lake

Web Exclusive Report from Maggie Paquet

Williams Lake, BC, 25 July 2013 - Day 4 of CEAA hearings re Teztan Biny & Taseko’s “New Prosperity” mine proposal

A prayer by Xeni Gwet’in Chief Roger William, followed by a song, and a Secwepemc song by Cecil Grinder opened today’s session.

Opening Songs, M. Paquet photo

Jay Nelson, TNG’s lawyer, asked, in regard to the comments about compromises, “What do you see people in 100 Mile House sacrificing, compromising about [compared to what the Xeni Gwet’in are being asked to sacrifice? There was no response.

Web Exclusive Report from Maggie Paquet

Williams Lake, BC, 24 July 2013 - Day 3 of CEAA hearings re Teztan Biny & Taseko’s “New Prosperity” mine proposal.

 a group of singers and drummers from both the Tsihlqot’in and Secwepemc Nations, M Paquet photo

Whether or not “New Prosperity” entails significant harm to the Aboriginal peoples in this region is the primary focus of these hearings. Throughout the day, a range of perspectives were offered by both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal presenters. Web Exclusive Report from Maggie Paquet

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