Joint news release with Northwatch: A major new report highlights serious impacts on the Canadian boreal forest from all phases of mining activity, from exploration to closure. Two respected mining industry watchdogs – Northwatch and MiningWatch Canada – say they published The Boreal Below (an all-new and expanded version of a widely circulated 2001 report) in response to growing demand from communities across Canada for information and analysis to help understand the impacts of mining on their lives and livelihoods. It provides a carefully-documented analysis of the social, environmental, and cultural impacts of mining from prospecting to mine closure, as well as an overview of the current situation by province and territory.
The Yukon Supreme Court has made a very significant decision (January
3, 2007) that grants the Canadian government
leave to pursue the “oppression
remedy” to “pierce the corporate veil” in order to hold perpetrators
of bad mining practices responsible for their actions, even if they are operating
under different corporate names.
BYG Resources owned ...
In the Yukon, there are 120 mines that have been abandoned by their owners,
of which 45 have serious toxic and physical stability problems. (At present,
placer mining is the only mining activity in the Yukon.) The costs of cleaning
up these sites is estimated at over $400 million. Despite this overwhelming
evidence, the Yukon government is still considering a reclamation policy that ...
On March 18-19, MiningWatch Canada facilitated a meeting in Whitehorse to assess resources and capacity in the Yukon to work on mining, prioritize issues, expand working relationships and work on strategies. Invitees included a number of individuals and representatives of local organizations.
There are seven really significant "Type II" abandoned mine sites in the Yukon. Some of them are mired in ownership questions which have to be resolved before the final decommissioning can take place. The seven are: United Keno Hill, Clinton Creek, Mt. Nansen, Faro, Ketza, Sa Dena Hess and Brewery Creek.
With the exception of Brewery Creek, these sites had inadequate reclamation bonds ...
The federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Robert Thibault,
has announced that the Yukon Placer Authorization will be phased
out over the next four years.
There have been serious, long-standing concerns about the impacts
of placer mining on freshwater fish and salmon in the Yukon. The
Yukon Placer Authorization is a blanket authorization under Section
35 of the Fisheries Act which ...
On December 5, 2002, MiningWatch Canada made a submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs, Northern Development and Natural Resources regarding Bill C-2, the long awaited Development Assessment Process for the Yukon, now known as YESA, the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act.
While we understand that Bill C-2 is being presented as the implementation of a negotiated tripartite agreement, and the fulfilment of Chapter 12 of the Umbrella Final Agreement, it is our position that it should be carefully scrutinized with respect to its conformity to the UFA as well as to its integration into Canada's environmental safety net — the framework of environmental assessment laws and regulations in all jurisdictions that are intended to protect the environment and promote sustainable development.
On October 22, 2002, Sheila Fraser, the Auditor-General of
Canada, released her report on Abandoned Mines in the North. The
report lends enormous credibility to everything we have been saying
about these toxic time-bombs.
The report is available on the Auditor-General's
In a national report released today, MiningWatch Canada and the Pembina Institute show that BC and Yukon governments continue to give big subsidies to the metal mining sector, even while the industry is delivering fewer jobs and reduced economic activity in return. The report was delivered to BC and Yukon politicians today.
"Looking Beneath the Surface" quantifies both the public costs to support the metal mining industry and the benefits generated by the industry in fiscal years 1994-95 and 2000-01.