A proposal by Imperial Metals to develop the Red Chris mine in northern BC is not sitting well with a local First Nation.
The Globe and Mail reports the Tahltan Nation saying they will fight construction of the mine – which received a provincial Mines Act permit last week- unless there is minimal risk of water pollution damaging their traditional hunting grounds:
Annita McPhee, president of the Tahltan Central Council, which represents about 3,500 Tahltan on resource matters, does not rule out the same level of civil disobedience that greeted Shell Canada Ltd., when it explored for coal-bed methane in an area known to the Tahltan as the Sacred Headwaters. “Some of our people feel concerned enough that they will meet this project with resistance.”
Imperial Metals is consulting with the Tahltan over the mine's tailings facility and noted that last week's permit is the first of 15 required before production can begin, states The Globe.
The 30,000 tonne per day operation would have a 28-year minelife, says the company.