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A database of information resources on the transboundary region’s ecology, cultures and industrial proposals. Use the search tools below to find the resources you are looking for.

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Mining Resources

Seabridge Gold’s KSM Project Risk Analysis: June 2015 - issue 2

A report by Earthworks and Salmon Beyond Borders that questions the economic feasibility of the proposed KSM mine on the Canada/US border. 

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Uncertainty Upstream

A June 2015 report from the BC First Nation Energy and Mining Council on potential threats from tailings facility failures in northern British Columbia. 

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Dangerous Dams

A Rivers Without Borders report on how the Mount Polley Mine report shows the inherent risks of watered tailings impoundments in the transboundary Taku, Iskut-Stikine, and Unuk River watersheds. 

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Red Chris Mine Site: Review of Tailings Impoundment Design

An October 2014 Klohn Crippen Berger review of the tailings impoundment design, water quality predictions, and geohazards at the Red Chris Mine. The review was instigated by the Tahltan Central Council following the failure of the Mount Polley tailings impoundment which released mine waste into the downstream environment.

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Ten Steps Ahead

Ten Steps Ahead: Community Health and Safety in the Nak'al Bun/Stuart Lake Region During the Construction Phase of the Mount Milligan Mine is a report associated with a large research project on Aboriginal and northern community health and the extractive sector in British Columbia, Canada. This project originated in a partnership between the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia with the Nak’azdli and Tl’azt’en First Nations and the municipality of Fort St. James in relation to potential community health risks and impacts associated with the construction and operation of one of BC’s newest mines, the Mount Milligan mine. The report concludes by providing strategies for consideration in future industry development and planning.

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Fair Mining Practices: A New Mining Code for British Columbia

A report from the Fair Mining Collaborative, focusing on positive solutions to complex mining issues. A multi-purpose document, it is a valuable resource for First Nations and other communities whether they are developing mining and resource policies based on traditional laws and customs, negotiating with mining companies, grappling with the tide of internet claim-staking, or searching for solutions to the legacy of mines. 

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Seabridge Gold’s KSM Project: Risk Analysis, November 2014

A new report from Salmon Beyond Borders and EarthWorks about the proposed KSM mine in northwest British Columbia near Southeast Alaska which found that the project’s remote location, low-grade ore, and geotechnical challenges make it risky, expensive, and unusually difficult to build.

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Proposed KSM Project: Impacts

A SkeenaWild video on the Kerr Sulphurets Mitchell (KSM) mine proposed by Seabridge Gold Inc. The proposed mine would release metals into the Unuk watershed that would exceed levels known to have serious impacts on salmon.

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Sub-lethal metal toxicity concerns for Unuk watershed salmonids from Seabridge Gold’s proposed KSM mine

A SkeenaWild report on the proposed KSM project’s predicted concentrations for 7 heavy metals to be released during ore-extraction operations into the salmon-bearing Sulphurets Creek and Unuk River, including relevant examples of the effect of concentrations known to adversely affect salmonids.

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An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska

The United States Environmental Protection Agency's final assessment of the potential impacts of large-scale mining development on Bristol Bay fisheries and wildlife, and on Alaska Native cultures of the region.

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Sub-lethal Metal Toxicity Effects on Salmonids: A Review

A SkeenaWild report on heavy metals and the lowest concentrations of metals reported to cause sub-lethal effects on salmonids. Heavy metals are common pollutants of aquatic systems, often associated with human activities such as hard-rock mining. Fish are vulnerable to metals because of sensitive organs that are continuously in contact with water, and because metals are highly soluble in water. 

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Predicting Water Quality Problems At Hard Rock Mines: A Failure of Science, Oversight, and Good Practice

An Earthworks white paper summarizing and analyzing the groundbreaking studies by Ann Maest, PhD, and Jim Kuipers, P.E.: Comparison of Predicted and Actual Water Quality at Hardrock Mines: the reliability of predictions in Environmental Impact Statements, and; Predicting Water Quality at Hardrock Mines: Methods and Models, Uncertainties, and State-of-the-Art
 

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The Big Dig: CTV News Report on Northwest BC Mining Boom

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Top 40 Recommendations for Mining Reform in BC

BC’s mining sector needs more than slaps on the back and market hype: NGOs release list of Top 40 Mining Reforms.

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Taku-Tulsequah River Mining Activity: Background Environmental Monitoring and Potential Mining Effects

A comprehensive and critical review of environmental impacts and risks from past and proposed mining activity in the Taku-Tulsequah drainage, from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

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Stikine River Mining Activity Risk Assessment

A comprehensive and critical review of the environmental effects monitoring programs for the proposed Galore and Shaft Creek mines in the Iskut-Stikine watershed, from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. 

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Who will clean up our mining mess?

The coming mining boom in BC's northwest has critics wondering if current clean-up and enforcement plans are enough. Special Tyee report with photo essay. By Christopher Pollon

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Review of the Technical Report Dated January 22, 2013, for the Chieftain Metals Inc. Tulsequah Chief Mine Proposal

A Joan Kuyek report that assesses current financial, environmental and other risks faced by Chieftain Metals’ proposed Tulsequah Chief Mine.

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Climate Change and Canadian Mining: Opportunities for Adaptation

A David Suzuki Foundation report that documents and describes the vulnerability of the Canadian mining industry to climate change, highlights opportunities for adaptation, and examines experience with reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Mining’s Promise in Northwest BC?

A report from Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition examining the lasting impacts of past producing mines and major exploration sites on northwest BC watersheds. 

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Johnny Mountain and the Future of Mining in Northwest BC

A Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition report on Johnny Mountain, a past producing mine near the Iskut River. This case shows that companies are able to operate on First Nations traditional territories then leave a severe environmental hazard behind. Current laws and practices are inadequate to prevent this from happening in the future.

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