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.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

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.

If the project were to proceed it would:

Monday, November 29, 2010

Because lakes and rivers are fish habitat, they are protected by the Fisheries Act. This Act is Canada’s oldest environmental legislation and prohibits the release of “deleterious substances” into fish-bearing waters and the alteration or destruction of fish habitat. However, in 2002, Schedule 2 was added to the Metal Mining Effluent Regulation (Schedule 1 lists the regulation's "Authorized Officers").

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Special Brief for Mining Day on the Hill by MiningWatch Canada, November 23, 2010 - available here as a PDF file. On November 3rd the Government of Canada announced that it was rejecting Taseko Mines application to develop an open-pit gold and copper mine in the traditional territory of the Tsilhqot’in Nation, 125 km west of Williams Lake, BC. The Prosperity project needed federal approval because it included the destruction of two lakes and a stream with abundant trout populations. The project was opposed by both the affected First Nations.

Monday, November 15, 2010

On November 2, 2010, after an extensive review process the federal government rejected Taseko Mines Limited’s proposal for an open pit gold and copper mine in the heart of the Tsilhqot’in Territory, 125 km west of Williams Lake, BC. The proposed Prosperity mine would have drained Fish Lake (Teztan Biny) to make way for the pit and waste rock storage area, and filled in Little Fish Lake and Fish Creek with tailings.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sandy Pond - J. Jacobs photoA group of determined Newfoundlanders has set about to challenge the legal mechanism that makes it possible for federal authorities to re-classify pristine fish-bearing lakes, streams, and wetlands into mine waste dumps on request from mining companies. Once reclassified, the former natural water bodies no longer enjoy the protections of the Fisheries Act.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Google map: Canadian Lakes, Streams and Wetlands at RiskThese natural lakes and streams have been or are at risk of being "re-classified" as waste dumps for the mining industry. This is possible to thanks to Schedule 2 of the Fisheries Act's Metal Mining Effluent Regulations which was added in 2002. The first listings were used to 'grandfather' ongoing operations, but since 2006 it has been used to condemn pristine lakes and streams.

Colour code: yellow markers are original listings from 2002, purple are lakes that have been listed since 2002, red are in the process of being listed and blue were at risk but have been saved by citizen action and environmental reviews.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

News release: The federal government announced yesterday that it would not approve Taseko Mines’ proposed open pit gold-copper mine in the traditional territory of the Tsilhqot’in Nation, 125 kilometres west of Williams Lake, B.C. “We were very pleased to see many of our concerns about this project reflected in the Panel Report,” commented Ramsey Hart, who led the MiningWatch’s analysis of the project. “We are even more pleased to see the government respect those findings and reject the project. Looking ahead, this decision will help establish the limits to acceptable practice for mine proponents.”

Friday, September 24, 2010

Tsilhqot’in National Government news release: Political contribution records show that Taseko Mines Ltd suddenly began funding the BC Liberal Party as the province moved towards an environmental review of its Prosperity mine proposal. DFO letters show that the department – which has continued to object to the net losses that would still result from Taseko’s plan to build a small fake lake reservoir to replace Teztan Biny – declared the project out of bounds 15 years ago.