British Columbia

Mount Polley disaster prompts new tailings ponds regulations

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 20, 2015
Mount Polley disaster prompts new tailings ponds regulations

The regulation forces mining companies to consider the possibility of a tailings disaster and evaluate the environmental, health, social and economic impacts of an accident.

Taseko’s defamation trial resumes end of March

Williams Lake Tribune | March 18, 2015

The B.C. Supreme Court case examining the defamation suit launched by Taseko Mines Ltd. against the Wilderness Committee will resume March 31.

Canadian miners step up efforts to prevent tailings dam failures

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 17, 2015
Canadian miners step up efforts to prevent tailings dam failures

Facing intense public pressure to ensure tailings are handled, stored and monitored better, the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has taken the bull by the horns.

Enbridge to shed costs of oil sand pipelines by $320 million

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 6, 2015
Enbridge to shed costs of oil sand pipelines by $320 million

The planned optimization include the Athabasca Twin and the Wood Buffalo extension projects.

Raven Coal mine proponent pulls application at the last minute

Business in Vancouver | March 4, 2015
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A Vancouver junior coal mining company that wants to build an underground coal mine in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island has withdrawn at the last minute from an environmental screening, just as the Environmental Assessment Office was set to make a ruling.

Red Chris Mine begins trucking concentrate

Marketwired | March 3, 2015

Commissioning of the flotation circuit with low grade ore commenced on February 15.

Canadian miners the world’s top buyers of assets in 2014

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 2, 2015
Canadian miners the world’s top buyers of assets in 2014

Gold remains the most-targeted commodity by volume, according to EY’s latest report.

Poor provincial grade disputed by BC mining group

Cecilia Jamasmie | February 26, 2015
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The Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia says the province still top destination for companies and investors.

Canada’s Saskatchewan second only to Finland as world’s top mining destination

Cecilia Jamasmie | February 24, 2015
Canada’s Saskatchewan second only to Finland as world’s top mining destination

The potash and oil-rich province was placed at the top of the Fraser Institute's annual rank of mining companies.

Stephen Harper promises LNG tax breaks at Surrey appearance

Business in Vancouver | February 19, 2015

Companies investing in capital assets for the liquefied natural gas industry can expect tax breaks to kick in immediately.

China's slower growth stalling price recovery for B.C. commodities

Business in Vancouver | February 2, 2015
China's slower growth stalling price recovery for B.C. commodities

Hardest hit of all B.C. commodities has been metallurgical coal, which is suffering from a double whammy.

HD pushes forward with proposed $300m coal mine near Tumbler Ridge

Business in Vancouver | February 1, 2015

British Columbia was accepting comments until Thursday (January 29) on a proposal for the Murray River coal river mine that HD Mining wants to build near Tumbler Ridge.

Report on Mount Polley tailing dams failure is being live steamed now

Michael Allan McCrae | January 30, 2015
B.C. breaking information act by not disclosing Mount Polley reports: lawyers

Report is releasd.

Report on what caused Mount Polley disaster expected this week

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 28, 2015
Report on what caused Mount Polley disaster expected this week

The highly anticipated independent expert panel report will determine the cause of the dam failure and is expected to lead to new safety standards for the entire Canadian mining industry.

Yukon Zinc temporarily closing Wolverine Mine

Michael Allan McCrae | January 27, 2015
Mining in 2015: Zinc price with zing

Some crew will be assigned to care and maintenance.

Taseko, Wilderness Committee square off in court

Business in Vancouver | January 20, 2015
Taseko Mines buying Curis Resources for Arizona copper project

Wilderness Committee is in court this week defending itself against a defamation suit over the New Prosperity Mine.

B.C. upholds certificates for two controversial mines

Canadian Press | January 18, 2015

The B.C. government is extending environmental assessment certificates for two controversial mine projects in the province.

Mount Polley mine on track for restart

Andrew Topf | January 18, 2015
Imperial Metals new copper and gold mine ready to begin production

Beleaguered Imperial Metals (TSX:III), whose Mount Polley mine in central British Columbia breached a tailings pond last summer, has submitted a plan to restart the copper and gold mine.

Innovative tech could improve hunt for gold; Nexus Gold deploys new technology at Walker Ridge

Nexus Gold Corp. | January 13, 2015

A recent innovation in geosurvey methods could help slash costs and risks for mineral exploration projects.

Canadian ghost mining town sold to Chinese real-estate developer

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 7, 2015
Canadian ghost mining town sold to Chinese real-estate developer

The 20-hectares tow of Bradian, including its 22 standing buildings, had been on the market since 2010 for Cdn$995,000.

Kinder Morgan pipeline opponents set up new base camp

Business in Vancouver | January 5, 2015
Kinder Morgan pipeline opponents set up new base camp

Pipeline opponents have vacated Burnaby Mountain but are now camping out at the entrance to Kinder Morgan's Westridge Marine Terminal.

Outlook for B.C. business in 2015 remains stable

Vancouver Sun | January 5, 2015

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

Vancouver Sun | December 21, 2014

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.

Canada approves world's largest copper-gold project

Frik Els | December 19, 2014
Canada approves world's largest copper-gold project

$9.5bn KSM project in British Columbia boasts reserves of 38m ounces of gold and nearly 10bn pounds of copper – mining 130,000 tonnes a day for 52 years.

B.C. asks you to stuff stockings with local coal

Cecilia Jamasmie | December 16, 2014
B.C. ask you to stuff stockings with local coal

Coal, a major B.C. export, has been suffering from a global oversupply and falling prices. How is that for a reason to fill up your stockings with it? Hmm…

Environmental review begins on HD Mining’s coal mine

Business in Vancouver | December 15, 2014

A joint environmental review is now underway for a controversial underground coal mine proposed for Tumbler Ridge that would employ close to 500 temporary foreign workers in its first year of operation.

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