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Innovation in mining could lead to less environmental impact

Innovations in mining could one day lead to mines without giant holes in the ground.

B.C. mulls rescue as miners struggle

Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett rang in 2016 with thoughts of a potential rescue package for B.C.’s beleaguered mining industry on his mind to ward off potential shutdowns.

B.C.'s Brucejack gold mine approved; first since Mount Polley tailings dam failure

The B.C. government has approved Pretium’s $450-million Brucejack gold mine, the first mine approved since the collapse of the Mount Polley mine tailings dam last year. Read more...

Outlook for B.C. business in 2015 remains stable

Even though Canada’s economy is being buffeted by plummeting global oil prices, the outlook for B.C. in 2015 remains stable.

Energy minister tells Imperial Metals it can repair damaged tailings dam

The company that owns the Mount Polley mine near Williams Lake will be allowed to repair the tailings dam before the government has finished its reviews into the cause of its partial collapse.

The Klondike Gold Rush helped lift Vancouver out of a depression

There was a depression in North America in 1893, and the Vancouver economy sagged for several years. But it rebounded in 1897, when the city became one of the launching points for the Klondike Gold Rush.

Coal dust seen as serious environmental threat in Canada: poll

Metro Vancouver residents polled in a new survey are also concerned that coal dust from a recently approved loading facility at Fraser Surrey Docks will harm regional air quality.

Imperial’s cleanup plan underway for Mount Polley mine dam breach, but questions remain

With 24 million cubic metres of water and tailings flushed downstream of the Mount Polley gold and copper mine, the company’s biggest challenge now is to keep the remaining tailings and water contained.

Environmental audit gives West Canada placer gold miners failing grade

Nearly three-quarters of Cariboo gold miners failed a “clandestine” audit on environmental standards, according to documents released through a British Columbia freedom of information request.

HD Mining's Murray mine boosts B.C. economy

HD Mining, the Vancouver-based company that in early October sparked controversy with its plan to hire 2,000 Chinese miners for its proposed Murray River Project, is one step closer to becoming a reality through the issuance of a Section 11 order by the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office.

Maharaja's family demands return of diamond

The descendants of the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire, who was forced to hand over the Koh-i-noor diamond to Queen Victoria, launched a court action Monday for his body and possessions to be returned to India.

Plane chartered to survey coal mining site missing in Indonesia with 4 people on board

Searchers were hunting Saturday for a small plane missing on Borneo island with an Australian and three other people on board, Indonesian officials said.

The challenge of developing Ontario's Ring of Fire mines

A $3.3 billion plan to build North America's first major chromite mine deep in the Canadian wilderness promises to usher in an era of prosperity for the region's aboriginals and generate millions of tax dollars over its lifetime.

The gold in mining: Canada's B.C. sector thriving, thanks in large part to China

The head office is just one among 800-odd mining companies clustered in downtown Vancouver. But even in a group so large it serves as the backbone of the city’s business district — and the world’s centre of mining expertise — Teck Resources stands out.

BC mining industry the epicentre of investment

These are the good old days for the British Columbia mineral exploration sector.

Alberta suing oilsands companies, claims Syncrude Royalty Project owes it $100 million

The Alberta government is suing a handful of oilsands companies for $100 million for allegedly failing to pay the province its share of revenues from the Syncrude Royalty Project.

Teck files environmental assessment for Chilean project

Teck Resources' epic $5.6 billion Quebrada Blanca copper-molybdenum mine expansion has taken another step ahead.

Feds pressured by coal industry to weaken regulations, records reveal

OTTAWA - Environment Canada weakened a draft version of regulations to crack down on pollution from coal-fired power plants following pressure from the industry, newly-released federal records have revealed.

Anglo dulls prospects as it doubles down on diamonds

Anglo American Plc’s $5.1 US billion plan to almost double its diamond business and platinum mines that are missing targets risk killing its allure as a takeover candidate for a merged Glencore International Plc-Xstrata Plc.

Electro-Motive lockout draws thousands of protesters

Thousands of protesters gathered at a London park Saturday in a massive show of support for more than 400 locked-out workers of Electro-Motive Canada .

U.S. House set to kill Keystone-linked bill

Grande Cache Coal executives charged with insider trading

Alberta regulators have accused five top executives of Grande Cache Coal Corp. (GCE-T9.75-0.13-1.32%) of illegal insider trading, alleging they sold securities in 2008 before the company disclosed bad news about its sales.

China's thirst for coal strips lush Australian farmland bare

The Vancouver Sun reports the Liverpool Plains were long considered off-limits to mining, their rich black soils ranking among Australia's best farming land. Until China came to town.

Oilsands expansion jeopardized by absence of climate plan, ambassador told

Opposition to oilsands expansion in "Canada's Texas" and a controversial U.S. pipeline expansion project is growing because of a failure to crack down on pollution that traps heat in the atmosphere and causes climate change, […]

Determined oilsands pipeline protesters can't hide disappointment

As hundreds of anti-oilsands activists gathered for a final day of civil disobedience Saturday at the White House, the sizable crowd erupted in familiar songs of protest.