Screenshot of the tailings map

A new interactive map of tailings dams in B.C.

Together with SkeenaWild Conservation Trust, we have produced an interactive online map of tailings facilities in B.C. The map provides communities with critical information about the risks posed by billions of cubic metres of toxic wet mine waste, called tailings, stored behind some of the highest dams in the world.

Discarded mining equipment lays on red soil in the foreground, with green hills and cloudy mountains in the background

B.C.’s Auditor General’s progress audit still reveals gaps in mine waste safety and cleanup

The Office of the Auditor General (OAG) released a progress audit on major mines, six years after the OAG released a scathing report on compliance and enforcement in the mining sector. While it is great to see some progress, the recent audit did not assess all recommendations from the 2016 report, and there are still gaps to adequately protect the environment and communities. 

Two workers wearing fluorescent yellow vests look out over the catastrophic damage after the collapse of the Vale tailings dam in Brumadinho, Brazil.

Updated guidelines on responsible mine waste management

Earthworks, MiningWatch Canada, and the London Mining Network have released an updated version of their Safety First guidelines for improving the management of mine waste disposal facilities, also known as tailings dams. The guidelines were updated as tailings dams around the world are failing with increasing frequency and severity, a risk expected to increase with climate-related extreme weather events.

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