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B.C. miners run to cash in on global commodity boom

By Derrick Penner, Times-Colonist, Postmedia News, January 25, 2011

World prices for province's biggest minerals flying at record highs

Like a lot of British Columbia-based miners, Taseko Mines Ltd. is preparing for a busy 2011 with plans for work on all its projects around B.C.

Protest to target B.C. coal industry

By JUDITH LAVOIE, Times-Colonist, January 24, 2011

B.C. coal is helping to cook the planet and anyone concerned about a potential climate catastrophe should take direct action, says Kevin Washbrook, organizer of a demonstration planned for Tuesday.

The aim is to get a commitment from government to keep B.C. coal in the ground, he said.

Groups want Long Lake declared contaminated

Dan MacLennan, Campbell River Courier-Islander, January 21, 2011

Groups opposed to a Quinsam Coal Mine expansion proposal have enlisted some prominent environmental legal help, and expanded media coverage of the issue at the same time.

Environmental groups raise alarm over arsenic levels

By Gerry Belet, Vancouver Sun, January 20, 2011

Province asked to determine whether Long Lake is contaminated site

Four environmental groups want the provincial government to determine if Long Lake -- 30 kilometres west of Campbell River -- should be declared a contaminated site based on high levels of arsenic found in the sediment.

Long Lake a potential contaminated site

News Release, Ecojustice, Jan 19, 2011

Recent studies point to arsenic contamination from nearby Quinsam coal mine

VANCOUVER — Four groups have written to BC Government officials seeking a determination of whether Long Lake, 30km west of Campbell River on Vancouver Island, is a contaminated site due to elevated arsenic levels in the lake sediments.

B.C. slammed over handling of Prosperity project

By Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, November 5, 2010

Federal panel ruling highlights province's flawed environmental assessment process, legal critics charge

Tuesday’s federal government decision to deny Taseko Mines Ltd.’s application to build the Prosperity copper-gold mine southwest of Williams Lake will save Fish Lake, but cast a cloud over future mining investment in British Columbia, according to a mining organization.

Prosperity Mine denied authorization to proceed

News Release, Environment Canada, November 2, 2010

Government of Canada Announces Decisions on Mount Milligan and Prosperity Gold-Copper Mines

OTTAWA, Ont. -- November 2, 2010 -- The Government of Canada today announced decisions on two gold-copper mine project proposals in British Columbia. The proposal for the Mount Milligan mine, near Prince George, has been granted federal authorizations to proceed. However, the Prosperity mine project as proposed, near Williams Lake, cannot be granted federal authorizations to proceed due to concerns about the significant adverse environmental effects of the project.

Australia: Green win signals shift in mine approvals

Ben Cubby, Sydney Morning Herald, October 28, 2010

BHP Billiton has shelved plans for a vast new coal mine under a conservation area south of Sydney, after a scathing review by the state's Planning Assessment Commission found that society would be better off if the coal remained in the ground.

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