Category Archives: Mining

The Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc Nation Says No To Ajax Mines

The ECOreport looks at the reasons the Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc Nation Says No To Ajax Mines

By Roy L Hales

The mining sector may be struggling, but it is still big business in British Columbia. According to the Northern Miner,mining is “one of the hottest sectors of the Canadian stock market.” At the beginning of this year, there were 702 British Columbia based mineral exploration and mining companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and TSXV exchanges. Some of the A BC Liberal party’s biggest campaign contributors are mining companies. Though KGHM Ajax Mines is not one of them, having forked out a mere $55,450,1 a new mining start would definitely bolster Premier Christy Clark’s image within the industry. Only there is more at stake than money when it comes to a proposed 2,500-hectare open-pit copper and gold mine on the outskirts of the city of Kamloops. This is an area that local first nations consider sacred and after careful deliberation, the Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc Nation says no to Ajax Mines.

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  1. KGHM AJAX MINING INC’s donations to the BC Liberal Party: 2013/03/01 – $2,000.00;  2013/12/31 – $10,000.00; 2014/03/28 – $1,000.00; 2014/03/28 – $2,000.00; 2014/04/14 – $400.00; 2014/07/04 – $250.00; 2014/07/04 – $250.00; 2014/10/10 – $10,000.00 ; 2015/03/06  – $2,000.00 ; 2015/04/10 – $5,000.00 ; 2015/06/19 – $2,000.00; 2015/11/20 – $20,000.00 ; KGHM INTERNATIONAL’s donations to the BC Liberal Party:  2015/02/13 – $550.00

BC Government’s Tailings Pond Failure

The ECOreport reposts an OP Ed about the BC Government’s Tailings Pond Failure

Originally Published on Sierra Club BC

VICTORIA—A report prepared for Sierra Club BC shows there is an ongoing and serious risk of tailings storage facility failures, highlighting the fundamental inadequacy of the B.C. government’s response to date.

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Ajax Mine Does Not Make Economic Sense

The ECOreport reposts news that Kamloops proposed Ajax Mine Does Not Make Economic Sense

Originally Published on MiningWatch Canada

A new report by MiningWatch Canada concludes that the Ajax open pit mine project near Kamloops, BC, “does not make economic sense” and “represents an unconscionable risk to investors, governments and the public.” The watchdog organization recommends that the mine should not be permitted and that an investigation be undertaken by the B.C. Securities Commission for inadequate disclosure of risks and costs.

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BC Terminates Assessment For Raven Coal Mine

The ECOreport reposts BC terminates assessment for Raven Coal Mine

Originally Published on the Wilderness Committee

The Wilderness Committee is celebrating an announcement by the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) late yesterday afternoon, which terminated the assessment for the proposed Raven Coal Mine in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island.

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Six Reasons To Be Concerned About AJAX’s Mine

The ECOreport reposts a public appeal, the comment period closes April 11, Six Reasons To Be Concerned About AJAX’s Mine

Originally Published on Mining Watch

MiningWatch Canada joins with local, provincial, and national groups in urging the public to voice their concerns now, before April 11, to both provincial and federal governments about the proposed AJAX open pit mine located on the edge of the city of Kamloops, British-Columbia. If this gigantic open pit mine is approved, it would set a bad precedent not only for Kamloops, but for communities across BC and Canada in terms of health, public safety, and environmental standards related to mining (see below six Reasons To Be Concerned About AJAX’s Mine).

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Court Upholds Oregon’s Right to Protect Water & Fish

The ECOreport reposts a story about gold mining & environmental concerns:  Court Upholds Oregon’s Right to Protect Water & Fish

Originally Published on Cascade Wildlands

a federal court upheld an Oregon law restricting motorized gold mining in and along sensitive salmon streams. The District of Oregon court held that the State of Oregon has the right to regulate both state and federal land to protect water quality and fish habitat, and it has done so in a manner that does not conflict with federal law.

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Four Transboundary Mines Risk Repeating Mount Polley Disaster

The ECOreport reposts a call to include Mount Polley investigation recommendations in mining code:  Four Transboundary Mines Risk Repeating Mount Polley Disaster

Originally Published on MiningWatch Canada

Juneau, AK; Ottawa, ON; Washington, D.C. – In the midst of deliberations over the British Columbia Mining Code, an international coalition today released Post-Mount Polley: Tailings Dam Safety in British Columbia, a new analysis revealing that four major BC mine projects in the Alaska/British Columbia transboundary region fail to implement the recommendations of the Mount Polley expert panel, risking similar mine waste containment disasters. The Mount Polley mine disaster, considered the worst mine disaster in Canadian history, occurred in August 2014, releasing over 25 million cubic metres of mine waste into the Fraser River watershed.

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Mine Waste & the Fraser River Watershed

The ECOreport reposts A new video examining Mine Waste & the Fraser River Watershed

Press Release from the Wilderness Committee

Do you remember the huge mine tailings dam that burst at BC’s infamous Mount Polley Mine in 2014, spilling an estimated 25 million cubic metres of mine waste and water into nearby creeks and Quesnel Lake?

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A Year After The Mount Polley Disaster

BC’s environmental-assessment processes are still streamlined to fast-track mine approvals, So what has changed a year after the Mount Polley disaster?

From the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki

It was a dramatic image: millions of cubic metres of waste cascading from the Mount Polley mine breach into the Quesnel watershed in B.C.’s Interior. Besides destroying a nine-kilometre creek and endangering salmon and the neighbouring community of Likely, the catastrophe damaged the mining industry’s reputation. In the months following, fingers pointed, independent panels weighed in and committees were struck. One year later, the Mount Polley mine is operating again, this time with a conditional permit and no long-term plan to deal with excess tailings.

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Residents Are Outraged Over Sand Mining Proposal

Originally Published on East County Magazine

Editor’s Note: San Diego’s East County is a rural area, whose population largely prefer a more quiet lifestyle. This is also where most of the county’s industrial scale projects seem to go.    

By Miriam Raftery

Imagine up to 250 trucks a day – one every minute and a half—hauling sand along a rural  road right in front of your house:  five days a week for the next 15 years or more in El Monte Valley.  It gets worse:  noise and dust from sand mining operations clogging the area, kicking up potentially deadly Valley Fever spores lurking in soil here, where several El Monte Valley residents have already contracted the disease.

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