Environmental Assessment

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

News release with document: MiningWatch joins other national environmental groups and coalitions to ask the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance to remove the government's proposed amendments to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) contained in the Budget implementation bill, number C-9. The proposed changes would effectively reverse a recent Supreme Court decision on the Red Chris mine project and ensure continued delays and confusion on environmental assessments of major projects, as well as allowing the public to be excluded from arbitrarily redefined review processes.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Proposed Budget bill contains buried provisions that rewrite environmental assessment laws and would allow dangerous projects to go ahead virtually unchecked, environmental groups say. (Vancouver, BC) In a letter sent to MPs today, sixteen environmental groups from across Canada are urging the House of Commons Finance Committee to cut provisions from the 2010 Budget Implementation Bill that would significantly weaken the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (“CEAA”). CEAA is a vital piece of legislation which requires environmental assessments for development projects including major projects such as tar sands, mines, oil and gas pipelines, and nuclear power plants.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

News Release: Only weeks after the Supreme Court of Canada issued a strong ruling reinforcing the federal role in assessing the environmental impacts of industrial development projects, the plaintiffs in that case say the government is using the budget implementation bill introduced on Tuesday to violate that ruling.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Joint news release with Ecojustice and the Canadian Environmental Law Association: Ottawa, ON – Today, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Canadian government has violated a national environmental law aimed at ensuring sustainable development. In a case centered on the proposed Red Chris mine in British Columbia, the Court ruled that the federal government cannot split projects into artificially small parts to avoid rigorous environmental assessments. The ruling also guarantees that the public will be consulted about major industrial projects, including large metal mines and tar sands developments.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

In February, an independent committee awarded MiningWatch $37,200 to participate in the environmental assessment of Taseko Mines’ proposed Prosperity Gold and Copper Mine. The project area is 125 km south west of Williams Lake BC and within the traditional territory of the Xeni Gwet’in, members of the Tsilhqot’in National Government (TNG).

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Taseko Mines Ltd. is proposing to construct an open-pit copper and gold mine in the heart of Tsilhqot’in Territory, 125 km west of Williams Lake BC.

Blue Gold: The Tsilhqot'in Fight for Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) from Susan Smitten on Vimeo.

If the project were to proceed it would:

Monday, November 23, 2009

In anticipation of the annual Mining Day on the Hill lobbying frenzy, MiningWatch Canada would like to provide you with an alternative perspective on several important issues. The mining industry is one of the most policy-privileged industries in Canada. This is despite the fact that at home and around the world, the industry has generated massive environmental impacts, created social conflicts, and infringed on Aboriginal rights and title.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Terrane Metals Corp. is proposing an open pit gold-copper mine in central BC near the town of Fort St. James and within the traditional territories of the McLeod Lake Indian Band and the Nak'azdli Nation. The two nations are not in agreement over the project proceeding with the Nak'azdli whose members kayho (traditional hunting, trapping and gathering area) will be affected directly, opposing the project.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Joint news release with Ecojustice and CELA: This Friday, the Supreme Court of Canada considers whether the federal government acted unlawfully by excluding public input from its evaluation of the controversial proposed Red Chris mine – a massive project that would turn a northern lake into a dumping ground for toxic mining waste. The appeal could determine the fate of a number of Canadian lakes currently threatened by mining proposals, by ensuring more rigorous environmental assessments with mandatory public participation.

Friday, June 12, 2009

News release: Mining developments in Ontario currently enjoy a rare privilege in Canada – they are not subject to the provincial environmental assessment (EA) process. This is thanks to a “Declaration Order” from the Minister of the Environment making the transfer of public mineral resources to private leases exempt from the Environmental Assessment Act. The Order has just been renewed for another three years.