Tailings Ponds

A Wake-up Call for Canada's Mining Industry

David Suzuki | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia
David Suzuki

When a tailings pond broke at the Mount Polley gold and copper mine in south-central B.C., spilling millions of cubic metres of waste into a salmon-bearing stream, B.C. Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett called it an "extremely rare" occurrence, the first in 40 years for mines operating here. He failed to mention the 46 "dangerous or unusual occurrences" that B.C's chief inspector of mines reported at tailings ponds in the province between 2000 and 2012, as well as breaches at non-operating mine sites.

Oilsands Water Released Into Rivers?

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada Business

EDMONTON - Oilsands producers are talking with the federal and Alberta governments about conditions under which water from the industry's tailings pon...

Big Oil Is Gambling Our Future on End Pit Lakes

Cameron Fenton | Posted 12.10.2012 | Canada
Cameron Fenton

Tuesday morning I woke up, opened the paper and saw a full page spread on plans to create massive End Pit Lakes, a process that involved filling the massive, visible from space, open pit mines created by tar sands extraction in Northern Alberta with tailings and water.