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‘Cracks’ in Canadian Policy for Overseas Mining, Evidence of an Abyss

October 30, 2014 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: BlackfireHudBay MineralsTahoe ResourcesLatin America and the CaribbeanHuman RightsIndigenous Rights.

“Despite Canada’s assurances that there is good policy, we continue at the commission to see a number of very, very serious human rights violations occurring in the region,” said Commissioner Rose-Marie Antoine for the Inter American Human Rights Commission (IACHR) in Washington this week. Alluding to complaints the IACHR has received about serious harms to • Read More »

Mount Polley and the Failure of Compliance

October 21, 2014 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: Imperial MetalsTeckCanadaBritish ColumbiaWaste Rock and TailingsEnvironmentGoldToxics/NPRI.

On August 4th of this year, 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 • Read More »

Copper in Quesnel Lake, One of Many Concerns in Aftermath of Mount Polley Tailings Spill

October 8, 2014 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: Imperial MetalsCanadaBritish ColumbiaWaste Rock and TailingsEnvironmentImpact on CommunitiesToxics/NPRIWater and fisheries.

It has been two months since the massive tailings spill occurred at the Mount Polley mine in the interior of British Columbia and we are all still trying to understand what its impact will be and how the mess will get cleaned up. This post provides an update on the spill, what is known about • Read More »