Tag Archives: mining

Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

VICTORIA — British Columbia's chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province's requirements for tailings storage facilities made after the Mount Polley disaster have generally improved the management of mining waste. Many of the revisions mad...

Coal company considers legal options after review denies Rockies mine application

A coal company that was denied an application to build an open-pit mine in Alberta's Rocky Mountains says it's considering its legal options.  On Thursday, a joint federal-provincial review panel denied the permits needed by the proposed Grassy Mountai...

‘Sacred country’: Singer-songwriter Corb Lund holds coal mining protest concert

LIVINGSTONE RANGE, ALBERTA — Two mountain goats stubbornly refused to get up from their resting spot Wednesday in the middle of a gravel road heading into the eastern slopes of Alberta's Rocky Mountains. Like the two goats, many rural landowners in

Ottawa to review new steelmaking coal projects in Alberta’s foothills for selenium

The federal government will step in to conduct an environmental review of any new coal project that could possibly release the contaminant selenium. The decision, announced Wednesday, will capture any proposals that emerge from the eight steelmaking co...

Study warns Alberta has failed to consider damage to foothills from coal mining

New coal mines in Alberta's Rocky Mountain foothills would create more environmental problems than economic benefits, a lengthy new study has concluded. "The best available information indicates that the magnitude of long-term liabilities to water reso...

‘Unacceptable environmental effects:’ New federal policy restricts thermal coal

The federal government is making it more difficult to develop thermal coal in Canada with a new policy that says all such mines create "unacceptable environmental effects." The move erects another roadblock for Coalspur Mines and its proposed Vista min...

Auditor scolds Alberta over mine cleanup fund, how province handles polluted sites

EDMONTON — Alberta's auditor general is criticizing the government for failing to fix problems pointed out six years ago in a program that's supposed to guarantee coal and oilsands mines clean up after themselves.  Doug Wylie says there's so much confu...

Tahltan Nation, B.C. government sign agreement for shared decision-making

VICTORIA — A new agreement between the Tahltan Nation and the British Columbia government will help ensure sensitive areas aren't open to development, while providing greater certainty for everyone, says the president of the nation's central government...

New Democrat MP tables private bill, wants federal assessment of coal projects

OTTAWA — Alberta's lone New Democrat member of Parliament tabled proposed legislation Tuesday that would require all coal-mining proposals to go before a full federal environmental assessment. The private member's bill would apply across Canada, but He...

Lawmakers in Alaska and Washington state push B.C. on mining regulations

VANCOUVER — Lawmakers in Alaska and Washington state are renewing calls for British Columbia to strengthen its mining regulations to protect shared waterways. A group of 25 members of the Washington state legislature sent a letter to Premier John Horga...