Mines owned or run by Meridian Gold have created serious toxic pollution in at least three locations in the United States. One of the largest emitters of atmospheric mercury in the US is the Jerritt Canyon Mine in Nevada, which was part-owned by Meridian until its recent sale. This mine emits more than 10 times the amount of mercury released by a typical US power plant. The tailings facility at Jerritt Canyon has been leaking since it was constructed in the 1980s.
The Taku watershed, shared between British Columbia and Southeast
Alaska and home to the Taku River Tlingit, is again threatened
after BC's December reapproval of Redfern Resources' Tulsequah Chief project.
The project is opposed by BC and Alaska First Nations, environmentalists,
many local residents, and the Southeast Alaska ...
There is strong public interest in "Looking Beneath the Surface", the in-depth report on mining subsidies prepared by the Pembina Institute and MiningWatch Canada, and released on October 28, 2002.
Over 8000 copies of the report and the executive summaries were downloaded from the website or distributed in hard copy within two months of the report's release. Environmental groups, communities facing the impacts of mining and unions are telling us that the report is very valuable to them in their work.
On December 30, 2002, the Fraser Institute, a Canadian right-wing think tank, released a report rating the attractiveness of different mining jurisdictions to mining companies. The objectives of the report are clear: the Institute says: "We hope that this survey and companion index will encourage policy makers to create fair, stable, and consistent regulatory frameworks in which mining companies, as a proxy for other industries, can operate without experiencing what appears to be institutionalized bias."
For almost two years now, federal, provincial governments,
the mining industry, Canadian Environmental Network representatives
and Aboriginal reps have been working to form the National Orphaned/Abandoned
Mines Initiative (NOAMI), based on recommendations made in a report commissioned by MiningWatch ...
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.
Since 1999, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has been attempting to develop sustainable development indicators (SDIs) for the Canadian minerals and metals sector. In brief, each of the indicators chosen is to represent a measurable and significant component of the minerals sector from a sustainability point of view. All indicators together, when measured regularly, should over time provide information on whether the Canadian minerals and metals sector is progressing towards greater sustainability, or not. Phase one of this effort ran from 1999-2000.
A technical workshop on arsenic was organized by the Mining
Association of Canada and CANMET, in association with the Arsenic
Workshop Organization Committee. It was held in Winnipeg on November
7 & 8, 2002. There were about 74 participants from federal
and provincial Government, industry, academia, consulting firms,
aboriginal societies. Catherine Coumans was one of two CEN representatives.