British Columbia Mine Tailings Map
There are at least 172 tailings facilities at mines across the province, storing billions of cubic metres of toxic tailings behind some of the highest dams in the world. Together with SkeenaWild Conservation Trust, we produced an interactive online map of these facilities. The map and associated report provide critical information about the risks posed to communities and watersheds.
Mineral and Placer Tenures in B.C.
B.C.’s Mineral Tenure Act, with its roots back to the gold rush days, still allows prospectors to stake claims, explore, and take samples without consultation or consent from First Nations or private land owners, much as it did in the 1850s. Here are a collection of maps from various parts of the province showing the mineral staking in that region. The BC Mining Law Reform network is urging the government to update this law to require local consent.
Maps of B.C. Contaminated Mine Sites
There are nearly 200 mine sites in B.C. that are polluting or potentially contaminating. We put together this map to provide a clearer picture of the challenges we face keeping our rivers and communities safe from mine contamination.