New Map Shows Dozens of Mine Pollution Threats in B.C.

Today, SkeenaWild and the BC Mining Law Reform network released new maps pointing to over a hundred known and potentially contaminated mine waste sites that threaten to pollute waters, fish habitat and communities across the province.

Fish Lake - Taseko Mine Project @vancouversun

Supreme Court of Canada Confirms End “New Prosperity” Mine Project

In a victory for the Tŝilhqot’in Nation, but also for the integrity of environmental assessment processes, the Supreme Court of Canada today dismissed Taseko Mines Ltd.’s application for leave to appeal last year’s Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) ruling about the federal assessment of Taseko’s proposed New Prosperity copper-gold mine in Tŝilhqot’in territory in central British Columbia.

From Bad to Worse on Mining: Groups Urge B.C. Government to Reform Outdated Laws

As Taseko Mines once again attempts to force its way with an injunction to start drilling in Tŝilhqot’in ancestral territory at Fish Lake (Teztan Biny) without the consent of the Nation, a broad network of citizens, experts, and environmental organizations are calling for urgent reform of BC’s outdated mining laws.

Image of the pipe discharging wastewater from the Mount Polley mine into Quesnel Lake in B.C.

Time to Clean Up Mining in B.C.: Citizens, Indigenous Groups Demand Financial, Legal Reforms

At a news conference in Victoria, a new network of mining-affected communities, experts, and organizations released the first-ever images of a pipeline discharging contaminated mine wastewater. They also launched a roadmap to clean up mining in B.C. that focuses in three areas: water pollution, the polluter-pays principle, and the need to respect local community decisions.

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