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UPDATE: Imperial Metals gets temporary injunction to remove Tahltan mine blockade (Terrace Standard)

Imperial Metals has been granted a temporary court injunction against a group of Tahltan and others who are blocking access to the company's nearly-completed Red Chris copper mine in northwestern B.C.

The enforcement order part of the injunction is to take effect Oct. 14.

The company was in Vancouver Supreme Court today arguing its case that the blockade is preventing workers and supplies from getting to the site.

The interim injunction could clear the way for police to arrest the blockaders who consist of a Tahltan group calling itself the Klabona Keepers, members of the Secwepemc First Nation, and other environmental activists. The blockade has been up since Sept. 29.

The Secwepemc First Nation has the Mount Polley copper mine, also owned by Imperial Metals, within its territory and it was the Aug. 4 failure of that mine's tailings pond which is driving the blockade at Red Chris.

Blockaders say they don't have confidence in the Red Chris tailings pond design.

(To read complete source article, click "Terrace Standard")

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