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Tŝilhqot’in Commend Federal Intervention to Permanently Stop Taseko Mines Limited’s Drilling Program at Teztan Biny PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 13:09

TŜILHQOT’IN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT                                   

253 – 4th Avenue North - Williams Lake, BC V2G 4T4 - Phone (250) 392-3918 - Fax (250) 398-5798

 

 

 

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August 15, 2017

 

Tŝilhqot’in Commend Federal Intervention to Permanently Stop Taseko Mines Limited’s

Drilling Program at Teztan Biny

 

Williams Lake, B.C. – The Tŝilhqot’in Nation welcomes news that the Federal Government has commenced its own court action to permanently prohibit Taseko Mines Limited (“Taseko”) from carrying out its drilling program at Teztan Biny (Fish Lake).

 

As a result of the Federal Government’s intervention, and a commitment from Taseko that it will not proceed with the drilling program at this time, the BC Supreme Court has withheld its decision on the interlocutory injunction application argued by the Tsilhqot’in two weeks ago.

 

The Federal Government filed a petition in the BC Supreme Court on August 10, asserting that Taseko’s drilling program would violate the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, and seeking a permanent injunction to prohibit Taseko from undertaking this work.

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Kinder Morgan TMX: Crude Awakening PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 11 August 2017 17:24

By Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs
Subject: - KM TMX: Crude Awakening
August 11, 2017 at 2:22:29 PM

Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs

KM TMX: Crude Awakening

(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, BC – - August 11, 2017 The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) remains steadfast in its ongoing opposition to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMX).

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, UBCIC President, stated, “Though we welcome the BC Government’s commitment to defending the coasts and waterways, and commend BC’s resolve to ensure the Province meets its constitutionally-enshrined, judicially-recognized obligations to consult Indigenous Peoples, for all future generations, we must continue the true fight against increasingly rapid climate change. These devastating mega-projects must obtain the free, prior and informed consent of all affected Indigenous Peoples. Period.”

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 August 2017 23:25
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Last-minute Charges Laid Against Mount Polley in Private Prosecution Against Mount Polley in Private Prosecution PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 05 August 2017 12:20

Last-minute Charges Laid Against 
Mount Polley in Private Prosecution Carol Linnitt - August 4, 2017


In a surprise eleventh-hour move, indigenous activist and former Chief of the Xat’sull First Nation, Bev Sellars, has filed charges against the Mount Polley Mining Corporation, owned by Imperial Metals, for the mine disaster that saw 24 million cubic metres of mine waste released into Quesnel Lake on this day, three years ago.

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 August 2017 00:18
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NDP to probe lack of B.C. charges in Mount Polley dam failure PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 05 August 2017 12:14

August 4, 2017 5:56 pm By Gordon Hoekstra

The B.C. NDP government says it will determine why a deadline to lay provincial regulatory charges was missed in an investigation over Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley tailings dam failure.

The three-year time limit to lay charges under B.C.’s Environmental Management Act ended .

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service-led investigation continues in conjunction with Environment Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, but officials have not been able to say when it will be complete.

Federal charges are still possible under the Fisheries Act.

On Friday, Premier John Horgan said he was shocked to learn that no provincial charges will be laid in the 2014 dam collapse.

One of the largest dam failures in the world in the past 50 years, the Mount Polley collapse released millions of cubic metres of effluent and finely-ground rock containing potentially toxic metals into waterways, including Quesnel Lake, the migratory pathway for more than one million sockeye salmon.

Others also weighed in  citing disappointment over the lack of charges, including the federal NDP and Amnesty International.

With the support of several environmental groups — including Mining Watch Canada and West Coast Environmental Law — former Xat’sull First Nation chief Bev Sellars announced  she had filed private charges in provincial court under B.C.’s Environmental Management Act and the Mining Act over the Mount Polley dam failure. In a statement, she said she hoped the private charges could act as a “doorstopper,” buying time for the investigation to be completed and the potential for the province to carry on with charges.

Contents from a tailings pond are pictured going down the Hazeltine Creek into Quesnel Lake near the town of Likely on Aug. 5, 2014. JONATHAN HAYWARD /THE CANADIAN PRESS

In an interview , Environment Minister George Heyman said he would review how the Conservation Officer Service undertakes investigations to ensure they are expeditious.

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 August 2017 00:32
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Indigenous Advocate Seeks Justice - Files charges against Imperial Metals Over Biggest Mining Spill in Canada PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 05 August 2017 12:03

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Indigenous Advocate Seeks Justice - Files charges against Imperial Metals Over Biggest Mining Spill in Canada

Bev Sellars and Jacinda Mack, Vancouver, August 4 2017

Vancouver, August 4, 2017, 3h30pm. As today marks the third anniversary of the Mt Polley Mine disaster and the time limit to file charges under BC laws, Indigenous advocate Bev Sellars announces that she filed private charges against Mount Polley Mining Corporation (Imperial Metals) at the Provincial Court of British Columbia this afternoon in Vancouver. Sellars was acting Chief of Xat’sull First Nation when the disaster struck near her community on August 4, 2014.

This legal action comes after the newly elected Horgan government announced earlier this week it would not file charges before the August 4 deadline, stating that “an investigation was still ongoing,” and passing the buck to the Trudeau government to enforce the federal Fisheries Act in the matter.

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 August 2017 00:40
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