Former B.C. mining exec fined $30K for environmental violations — but First Nation says damage costs far more


Yellow Giant mine released excess waste water into wetland and waterways on Gitxaała territory in 2015

Kate Partridge · CBC News

The former executive of a now-bankrupt mining company has been fined nearly $30,000 for environmental violations dating back to 2015 — an amount that has led to competing appeals from both sides.

The charges follow a July 7 ruling from B.C. provincial court judge David Patterson, who said Benjamin Mossman was "actively or passively involved" in releasing excess zinc and other substances into woods and wetlands on Banks Island in Gitxaała First Nation territory.

He was fined $29,994, according to the B.C. Conservation Officer Service, which led the joint investigation into the allegations in the initial stages.

Mossman was acquitted on another 10 charges relating to the same mine, which closed in 2015, less than eight months after opening.

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