Water

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.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

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.

Monday, January 5, 2009

One of MiningWatch Canada’s key areas of work in 2008 and that will be continuing in 2009 has been our efforts to curtail the destruction of natural water bodies for the creation of tailings impoundments (i.e. waste dumps). Though contrary to both the intent and the letter of the Fisheries Act, exemptions are being granted to companies that apply for a regulatory amendment to the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations (MMER).

Friday, November 28, 2008

(Ottawa) The Council of Canadians and MiningWatch Canada have made public a report drafted by Environment Canada in December 2007 revealing that the agency had documented crucial information regarding the looming freshwater crisis in Canada.

Friday, November 28, 2008

An emerging coalition of conservation, Aboriginal, and social justice organizations is calling on the federal government to immediately stop the practice of allowing mining companies to use Canada’s lakes as dumping grounds for toxic mine wastes.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

MiningWatch Canada comments on the proposed amendments to the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations (MMER) to include Sandy Pond (NL) on Schedule 2 and expand the MMER to include hydrometalurgic facilities such as Vale Inco's Long Harbour facility. Following a flawed government-led consultation process, Vale Inco offers biased and incomplete information to justify dumping its waste into Sandy Pond.

Comments submitted by Catherine Coumans, MiningWatch's Research Coordinator to Environment Canada on July 3, 2008.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

(Ottawa) The Auditor General of Canada has accepted two Environmental Petitions recently submitted by MiningWatch Canada, questioning how the federal government can permit the permanent destruction of entire fish-bearing freshwater ecosystems by mine wastes in light of the government’s stated commitment to sustainable development.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Following a Federal Court decision on September 25, 2007, the future of the proposed Red Chris mine - a huge acid-generating mine proposed for north-western British Columbia – has been put in doubt.

The precedent-setting decision upholds the fundamental right of Canadians to be consulted during the environmental assessment of large mines on the comprehensive study list. The Court found that the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act enshrined this right when it was amended in October 2003.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The Kemess North Mine Joint Review Panel has concluded that the mine "in its present form" would not be in the public interest. The Panel says that any economic and social benefits from the project are outweighed by its long-term risks to the environment and by its social and cultural impacts on Aboriginal people. It has recommended to federal and provincial environment Ministers that the project not be permitted.

Monday, June 25, 2007

MiningWatch has learned from Environment Canada (EC) that together with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) they now maintain a list of some twenty lakes that are slated for destruction by mine waste over the next few years. This amounts to a massive public subsidy to the global mining industry in the form of healthy Canadian lakes.