Indigenous Leaders in British Columbia and Guatemala Demand that Mining Companies Respect their Self-Determination at Home and Abroad

November 21, 2019
(((Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C): Representatives of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) and the Xinka Indigenous Parliament of Guatemala joined forces Wednesday night to call on Canadian mining companies to respect Indigenous rights no… More »

Securities Commissions Asked to Investigate Ahead of Jan. 8 Tahoe, Pan American Silver Merger

January 3, 2019 • Earthworks
Guatemala City, Washington DC, Toronto, Tatamagouche, Ottawa – Today, ahead of the January 8th shareholder vote on Pan American Silver’s acquisition of Tahoe Resources, the Justice and Corporate Accountability Project (JCAP) filed letters with the British Columbia Securities Commission and the… More »

Two Years Later, a Look at Mount Polley

August 3, 2016 • Shreema Mehta

On August 4, 2014, a mine waste dam in British Columbia, Canada breached, releasing 24.4 million cubic meters of mine waste (or tailings) sludge into the Fraser River watershed, a group of lakes and rivers that bear salmon and sustain the livelihoods of local First Nation communities.

New Analysis: Ignoring best practices, four BC/Alaska transboundary mines risk repeating Mount Polley disaster

March 22, 2016 • Earthworks | MiningWatch Canada | Rivers Without Borders

In the midst of deliberations over the British Columbia Mining Code, an international coalition today released, Post-Mount Polley: Tailings Dam Safety in British Columbia, a new analysis revealing that four major BC mine projects in the Alaska/British Columbia transboundary region fail to implement the recommendations of the Mount Polley expert panel, risking similar mine waste containment disasters. The Mount Polley mine disaster, considered the worst mine disaster in Canadian history, occurred in August 2014, releasing over 25 million cubic meters of mine waste into the Fraser River watershed.

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UNEP must act to avoid mine waste disasters

August 31, 2015 • Shreema Mehta

One year ago in August, a mine waste dam failed. The breach sent 24.4 million cubic meters of a liquefied mixture of toxic heavy metals and other chemicals into the Fraser River watershed in British Columbia, Canada. To help prevent further toxic catastrophes, over 3 dozen environmental and social justice groups including Earthworks, Friends of the Earth, and Greenpeace sent a letter today to the United Nations Environment Programme urging the agency to call for global review and regulations to address threats posed by similar dams at existing and proposed mines around the world. As the global authority on environmental protection, UNEP can not only bring much-needed attention to this problem, but also develop international guidelines and assist countries to respond to this growing threat.

Changes needed to mine waste management following Mount Polley tailings site failure

July 20, 2015 • Earthworks, et al

Xeni Gwet’in Mining Activist Wins Goldman Environmental Prize

April 20, 2015 • Payal Sampat

We are thrilled to join the Goldman Environmental Prize, the world's largest prize for grassroots environmental activism, in honoring Xeni Gwet’in leader Marilyn Baptiste of British Columbia, Canada for her work to stop Taseko Mines' proposed Prosperity gold and copper mine.

We are thrilled to join the Goldman Environmental Prize, the world's largest award for grassroots environmental activism, in honoring Xeni Gwet’in leader Marilyn Baptiste of British Columbia, Canada for her work to stop Taseko Mines' proposed Prosperity gold and copper mine.

EPA Letter – Mt. Polley Tailings Dam Failure

March 19, 2015 • Earthworks et al