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Opposition politicians raise questions about government’s handling of coal waste water spill that released dangerous chemicals

Marty Klinkenberg, Edmonton Journal, November 15, 2013

EDMONTON - The coal mine pond that leaked into the Athabasca River on Oct. 31 contained a range of potentially damaging compounds, including a suspected carcinogen called phenathrene.

According to the National Pollution Release Inventory, a database kept by Environment Canada, the impoundment at Sherritt International’s Obed Mountain mine also contained arsenic, mercury, cadmium, lead and manganese.

Time for Alberta to come clean about environmental accidents

Paula Simons, Edmonton Journal November 14, 2013

EDMONTON - Mercury levels nine times higher than normal.

Levels of cancer-causing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons four times the allowed standard for Canadian drinking water.

Those are the kinds of disturbing test results Dr. James Talbot, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, is seeing as he monitors a huge plume of coal mine waste water currently oozing down the Athabasca River.

Massive coal mine leak damaged fisheries, habitat

Marty Kinkenberg & Sheila Pratt, Edmonton Journal, November 9, 2013

Alberta Environment admits sediment poses risk to some species

EDMONTON - Likely the largest spill of its kind in Canadian history, the massive leak of coal slurry into the Athabasca River near Hinton has caused damage to habitat and poses a risk to certain fish species.

‘Major failure’ of coal mine pit releases waste water into Athabasca River

Caley Ramsey, Global News, 02Nov2013

EDMONTON – The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is responding to what it calls a “major failure” of a pit at a coal mine near Hinton.

A pit containing coal process and surface water failed at the Obed Mountain Coal Mine on Thursday evening, releasing a large quantity of the process water into the Athabasca River.

First Nations declare victory against Taseko's B.C. mine

CBC News, Nov 01, 2013

Proposed New Prosperity mine would have signficant effects on Fish Lake, report concludes

First Nations leaders in B.C. are declaring victory after a new environmental report concluded Taseko's New Prosperity mine proposal poses "significant adverse environmental effects".

Teck's adjusted profit slides 41% as coal prices fall

Allison Martell & Varun Aggarwal, Reuters, Business News Network, October 24, 2013

Teck Resources Ltd (TCK.B-T 29.04 -0.5 -1.69%), Canada's largest diversified miner, reported a 41 percent drop in quarterly adjusted profit as higher coal sales volumes failed to offset weaker prices.

"The current price for steelmaking coal remains below what we believe is required to sustain adequate production in the industry in the long term," Teck CEO Don Lindsay

Mining company steps back from Sacred Headwaters standoff

Damien Gillis,, Sep 23 2013

Fortune Minerals announced Monday it will voluntarily stand down from an escalating conflict with the local Tahltan First Nation. The Common Sense Canadian has been reporting on the standoff over a proposed mine in northwest BC’s Sacred Headwaters region since it began in August, when First Nations elders issued the company an eviction notice, demanding it cease exploratory drilling.

Coal mining protest in B.C. set to erupt

Margo Harper, The Globe and Mail, Sep. 20 2013

An increasingly tense standoff between a B.C. First Nation and a London, Ont.-based coal company in a remote mountain valley known as Sacred Headwaters is set to erupt as protesters flaunt their month-long presence on a drilling site and taunt the RCMP to arrest them.

BC Local Governments call for Modernization of BC’s Gold Rush Era Mining Rules

News Release, West Coast Environmental Law & Fair Mining Collaborative, Sept 19 2013

Vancouver/Coast Salish Territory – In a resolution passed with overwhelming support today at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) annual conference, BC local governments called on the provincial government to work with First Nations, local governments, industry and citizens to modernize BC’s “free entry” mining laws, which for over 150 years have given mining activity priority over virtually all other land uses and generated conflict over mining activity throughout BC.

UBCM Resolution B69 ENDORSED - Underground Aquifer Mapping For Proposed Mining Projects

UBCM 2013 Convention, September 18, 2013

WHEREAS there are concerns that mining projects can negatively affect surrounding aquifers;

AND WHEREAS many people rely on these aquifers for drinking water:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the provincial government conduct comprehensive mapping and modeling of aquifers that may be affected by proposed mines before approving mine projects.

BC Mining company underestimates spill

Doris Bregolisse, Global News, September 9 2013

COALMONT — An environmental review has found Coalmont Energy Corp extremely underestimated how much coal slurry spilled from the Basin Mine emergency tailing pond into the Tulameen River at the end of August.

“Our mine experts are pegging it about 30 cubic meters which is about 6,000 gallons” said Coalmont Media Spokesman, Keith Meldrum in a Global Okanagan interview on August 26th.

What if coal slurry spilled at Raven Coal Mine?

John Snyder,, Sept 10 2013

On Saturday August 24, 2013 a malfunction of a containment pond at Coalmont Energy’s Basin Coal Mine 20 km. west of Princeton, BC, spilled what is estimated at “ no more than 13,000 gallons” of coal slurry, which eventually made its way into the nearby Tulameen River turning it black.This coal slurry spill was characterized by Coalmont Energy as an event which just happened to exceed their backup plan, and “mainly had a visual impact” on the environment. This is a small consolation to the residents in the area, their drinking water, and the critters in the impacted waterways which had above acceptable levels of contamination for aquatic life days after the spill.

All In The Same Boat

New Coalmont Courier, August 31 2013

The public information session with Coalmont Energy Corporation took place at the Tulameen Community Hall this Friday evening.

Company withdraws from underground coal mine in Comox Valley

Scott Stanfield, Comox Valley Record, August 26, 2013

Documents from Compliance Energy Corp. reveal that I-Comox Coal, a subsidiary of Itochu Corp., has issued notice that it will withdraw from Comox Joint Venture, according to CoalWatch Comox Valley.

Tulameen River: Water Worries Continue

Editorial, New Coalmont Courier, Aug 27 2013

Rumours and conflicting reports are muddying the waters after coal mine spill turns river black. We need to talk.

We’ve been waiting to get information about what is happening with the Tulameen River water. There’s a lot of very angry people and it would be appropriate for the Coalmont Energy Corporation to tell them what is going on. Especially since it’s been two days and the story is starting to circulate elsewhere. Notably, Global News has a story with facts which are different from what we know here. What is going on?

Coal slurry escapes from containment pond, turns Tulameen river black

Justin McElroy, Global News, August 27 2013

Approximately 6,000 gallons of coal tailings from Coalmont Energy spilled over the banks of their containment pond Saturday, causing the Tulameen River to turn black.

Are coal mine benefits worth the downside?

Campbell Connor, Comox Valley Record, July 31 2013

Dear editor,

After nearly four years of controversy over the proposed Raven Coal Mine, we now see a proliferation of exploration applications throughout the Comox Valley and further north.

It really is time to decide if we, the citizens, want to live in a coal-induced wasteland or not.

Mount Washington eyed again by miners

Drew A. Penner, Comox Valley Echo, July 30 2013

An American company is on the hunt for great treasures from the earth's interior in the Comox Valley. North Bay Resources Inc. (NBRI) plans to expand fieldwork on its 100 per cent owned Mount Washington Project in the hopes of turning up copper and precious metals for shipment across the globe.

The junior mining firm is pushing onward with a plan to scope out the best mineral deposits in several sites, even projecting the possibility of near-term revenue from tailings from the old open pit copper mine that operated during the 1960s.

Raven coal mine concerns heard

Scott Stanfield, Comox Valley Record, June 27, 2013

The regional district board heard several concerns Tuesday about another coal licence application from Compliance Coal Corporation. The company — which is the proponent of the proposed Raven underground coal mine in Baynes Sound and which holds a 60 per cent interest in the Bear Coal Deposit south of Comox Lake — has also expressed interest in exploring coal resources near Anderson Lake above Forbidden Plateau north of Comox Lake.

Comox Valley RD requests that no coal license be issued for the Anderson Lake claim

CoalWatch News, June 27 2013

On June 25, the Comox Valley Regional District Board approved a letter to be sent to the Office of the Chief Gold Commissioner concerning an application by the Compliance Coal Corporation for the "Anderson Lake" coal claims in which it requests "that no coal license be issued."

The location of the proposed licence for an area of 1672 hectares, lies above the Forbidden Plateau Road area within the Browns River and Tsolum River watersheds north of Comox Lake.

CoalWatch Comox Valley President John Snyder said, "After delegate presentations by CoalWatch, David Stapley, and Wayne White of Tsolum River Restoration Society, Area A Director Bruce Jolliffe introduced his amendment "that no coal license be issued." The amendment was passed unanimously."

Snyder continued, "Kudos to Director Bruce Jolliffe for bringing this amendment forward, and to the CVRD board for unanimously adopting the amendment."

Miners Memorial Weekend

News Release, Cumberland Museum and Archives, June 18 2013

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