Acid Mine Drainage

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Despite Chieftain Metals' claims of “robust” results from a new feasibility study, the Tulsequah Chief mine proposal continues to face significant risks, uncertainties, delays and opposition. A Technical Report summarizing the results of the feasibility study, released on January 25, notes a number of major uncertainties, risks and assumptions.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Idle No More grassroots protest movement that started in the province of Saskatchewan has stretched across Canada and is now being joined by Alaskans who are concerned about the threats to Alaskan waters and salmon from British Columbia’s (BC) aggressive industrial development plans. Indigenous Peoples and supporters will host an Idle No More rally at Town Square Park downtown Anchorage at noon on Friday, January 11th.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

News release: The Taku River Tlingit First Nation (TRTFN), faced with significant concerns about the state of Chieftain Metals' proposal and negotiations, held a Joint Clan meeting on November 18, 2012, where the Joint Clan Forum rejected the proposed Tulsequah Chief Project.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Despite Chieftain Metals’ recent non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a Chinese company, Rivers Without Borders believes the Tulsequah Chief project still faces considerable financial, technical and political obstacles, including unresolved acid mine pollution, violations of agreements and at least one permit, no feasibility study, no major commitments from investors, no First Nation approval, and increasing concerns in Alaska.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

News release from Rivers Without Borders: Concerns and frustration are growing on both sides of the border in response to Chieftain Metals’ closure in June of the water treatment plant at the Tulsequah Chief site. Some stakeholders are now urging Canadian agencies to investigate solutions to the acid mine drainage problem that are not dependent on the mining company or a developed mine project.

Monday, April 30, 2012

News release: A delegation of Central American and North American representatives called on Goldcorp to take responsibility for the cleanup at current mine sites, and alerted shareholders to outstanding public health issues, environmental degradation and conflict.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Western Canada Wilderness Committee news release: The Wilderness Committee is responding to the appalling news from Sherridon, Manitoba, where a government funded reclamation of an abandoned mine site continues to show that government and industry are not ready to deal with the long-term environmental damage resulting from mining.

Friday, November 28, 2008

The Boreal BelowJoint 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.

Friday, March 31, 2006

Water is essential to life on our planet. A prerequisite of sustainable development must be to ensure uncontaminated streams, rivers, lakes and oceans.

Friday, March 31, 2006

Industry, labour, government, and environmentalists agree on one issue: that Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) is the number one environmental problem facing the mining industry. Acid Mine Drainage:

  • devastates fish and aquatic habitat,
  • is virtually impossible to reverse with existing technology, and
  • once started, costs millions of dollars annually to treat and can continue for centuries.