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Tailings pond fallout fuels anti-mining sentiment (Business Vancouver)

Even before the collapse of a tailings pond at the Mount Polley mine earlier this month, relations between mining companies and First Nations in B.C. were often strained.

The Taku River Tlingit, for example, are opposed to the Tulsequah mine near Atlin. The mine suffered a setback last month when the BC Supreme Court ruled the B.C. government had breached its duty to consult the First Nation when it extended a mines permit.

Anti-mining sentiment has been growing within some First Nations communities in the wake of the August 4 Mount Polley disaster. Imperial Metals (TSX:III), which owns the mine, has taken the brunt of it.... 

... Even the Skii km Lax Ha, which has a good working relationship with Pretium Resources Inc. (TSX:PVG) on the Brucejack underground mine proposal, now has reservations about another mine 15 kilometres away from Brucejack: the KSM copper-gold mine that Seabridge Gold Inc. (TSX:SEA) wants to build.

“We were close to signing an [agreement] with the KSM project with Seabridge, and because of this breach on the tailings pond, I'm hesitant,” said Skii km Lax Ha hereditary chief Darlene Simpson. “It's going to take a lot more work to get me to sign, to give me comfort that this [a tailings pond breach] isn't going to happen in the north.”

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