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Taseko New Prosperity Mine at Fish Lake rejected again

CBC News, Feb 26, 2014

Ministry concludes project likely to cause significant environmental damage, Taseko will reapply

It's back to the drawing board for round three for Taseko Mines, Ltd.

Coal tenures on hold in the Klappan a positive first step

News Release, Ministry of Energy and Mines, December 16 2013

VICTORIA - In keeping with its commitment to work collaboratively with the Tahltan Nation towards a shared vision for land use in the Klappan area of Tahltan territory, government today announced a temporary deferral on any new coal tenures in the Klappan.

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".

Flow-through tax credit will cost BC $10 million

Michael Allan McCrae, Mining.com, October 4, 2013

British Columbia's minister of mines emphasised his support for the flow through tax credit at an AME BC luncheon talk on Friday and called the current sum spent on credit an investment.

Mining company steps back from Sacred Headwaters standoff

Damien Gillis, CommonSenseCanadian.ca, 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, 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.

In Australia, an Uphill Battle To Rein in the Power of Coal

Samiha Shafy, Yale Environment 360, 17 Sep 2013

Australia is the world’s second-largest exporter of coal, thanks to huge markets in China, Japan, and other Asian countries. Environmentalists have been struggling to scale back the nation’s coal boom, but the recent election of a conservative prime minister may keep coal on top.

B.C. First Nation renews fight against mining

By Kim Nursall, The Canadian Press, August 16 2013

VANCOUVER – Dozens of First Nations protesters are blockading a proposed open-pit coal mine in a remote area of northwest B.C.

Elders threaten blockade against coal mine in Sacred Headwaters

Anita McPhee, NationTalk.ca, August 16 2013

DEASE LAKE, BC, Aug. 15, 2013 - The Tahltan Central Council acknowledges the frustrations felt by Tahltan people that lead to more than 30 Tahltan Elders and community members to serve a “24 hour eviction notice” to Fortune Minerals on Wednesday night in our territory in northwest B.C.

Flow-through shares: Canada’s quirky tax innovation

Drew Hasselback, Financial Post, March 7 2013

The flow-through share entered the Canadian tax code just over 25 years ago. Looking back, mining executives, lawyers, bankers and accountants believe this quirky Canadian tax innovation has generated billions for mining exploration and contributed to the development of some of the country’s most notable mines, such as the Ekati and Diavik diamond properties in the Northwest Territories.

Confusion reigns over review of New Prosperity

Dene Moore, The Canadian Press, March 5, 2013
 

A federal review panel weighing the future of a stalled gold and copper mine in the B.C. Interior is wondering just what, exactly, the panel is supposed to be assessing after federal changes to the environmental assessment process.

Company to sue B.C. government over Morrison Lake gold mine rejection

Justine Hunter, Globe and Mail, Feb 15 2013

Victoria — The B.C. Liberal government is facing legal action over a decision to deny an environmental certificate to a proposed copper and gold mine on the shores of Morrison Lake in the province’s northern interior.

Is it time to put the brakes on runaway coal development?

Mark Hume, Globe and Mail, Dec 23 2012

The coal industry is booming in British Columbia, with a dozen new mines proposed around the province and the port of Metro Vancouver making expansive plans to become the biggest coal-exporting facility in North America.

Cline Mining misses $2.5M bond payment

Barry Critchley, National Poist, Dec 18, 2012

It’s never good news when a company announces it can’t make a scheduled semi-annual interest payment, and it’s particularly bad news given what such a decision implies for the affected bondholders as they try and reclaim some value.

B.C. coal mine advertised jobs in China at 'considerably' lower pay: union

Dene Moore, Canadian Press, Vancouver Sun, November 16, 2012

VANCOUVER - A mining company that has hired hundreds of temporary workers from China for its northern B.C. coal mine advertised those jobs in Canada for $10 to $17 less than what is paid for similar work at a nearby mine, a lawyer representing two unions told a federal court judge on Friday.

Revised thermal-coal mine back on table in B.C.

Wendy Stueck, Globe and Mail, Nov. 06 2012

VANCOUVER — A coal project shelved after B.C. introduced legislation that effectively nixed coal-fired electricity plants is back on the front burner, this time as a mine-only operation that does not include an electricity component.

Mine project rejection seems strange

Les Leyne, Times Colonist, October 10, 2012

The more you look at the Environment Ministry's handling of the Morrison Mine proposal, the more unusual it gets.

Chinese nationals brought in to work B.C. coal mines

Peter O'Neil, Vancouver Sun, October 9, 2012

OTTAWA — The first of a group of 200 temporary Chinese workers approved by the federal government will start arriving in B.C. in coming weeks to work in the burgeoning northeast coal industry, a mine project spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.

Coal miners lost pay when Mitt Romney visited their mine to promote coal jobs

Sabrina Eaton, Cleveland Plain Dealer, August 28 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- When GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney visited an Ohio coal mine this month to promote jobs in the coal industry, workers who appeared with him at the rally lost pay because their mine was shut down.

$1.5B Hinton coal mine planned to fuel Asian power plants

Dave Cooper, Edmonton Journal, August 24, 2012

EDMONTON - A proposed coal mine on Hinton’s doorstep could cost $1.5 billion if fully developed and bring more than 500 new jobs to the town.

No Compliance! No Coal! No Way!

Vancouver Media Co-op, May 26, 2012

Mining Conference Effectively Shut Down!

On May 24, 2012 the Vancouver Branch of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum hosted a luncheon meeting at the Four Season's Hotel in Vancouver focusing on Compliance Energy Corp's proposed Raven Coal Mine. The site for this proposed mine is in unceded Pentlach Territory on Vancouver Island, also known as the Comox Valley.

Liquid feces tossed by protesters evacuates Vancouver’s Four Seasons hotel

By Jeff Green, The Province, May 25, 2012

Protesters of a mining conference in downtown Vancouver were throwing more than just rocks.

Suska coal project studied by JX Nippon Oil & Energy and Xstrata Coal partnership

The Canadian Press, Vancouver Sun, May 15, 2012

TOKYO — A partnership formed by JX Nippon Oil & Energy and Xstrata Coal will invest $35 million on a preliminary study of the Suska coal project in eastern British Columbia.

For Miners, Coal Is No Longer Hot

Matt Day, Wall Street Journal, April 29 2012

It's been a bleak spring for U.S. coal miners—and the question for Arch Coal Inc. ACI -1.66% and Alpha Natural Resources Inc. ANR -3.88% is whether they can even meet lowered expectations.

Chinese villagers riot over coal mine fears, killing 1 police officer, injuring 15 others

By Associated Press, Washington Post, April 21 2012

BEIJING — A Chinese city government says villagers with sickles and clubs protesting against mining activities in the southwest attacked police, killing one officer and injuring 15 others.

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