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https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3539874/Banks-Island-Gold-Charges- March-2017.pdf (provides court document of charges)
mine-disaster/ link for above witness remarks ***********
Gitxaala Nation accuses B.C. government of delaying mining site clean-up
Valentina Ruiz Leotaud | August 15, 2016
The Director of Environmental Management Act for the Southern Interior Region, Cassandra Caunce, issued a pollution abatement order, saying the company had released tailings and effluent into a creek, a lake, a pond, as well as forest and wetland on Banks Island. She also said that the tailings would continue to seep if activities were not stopped. Now, Banks Island Gold, its president, and CEO Benjamin Mossman and its chief geologist Dirk Meckert are facing charges for allegedly releasing the waste material and are scheduled to appear in court on September 7, 2016. The company also filed for bankruptcy in January 2016.
But the Gitxaala still criticize what they deem a lack of continued oversight. “What we believe is happening is that the site is under receivership and the receiver is trying to find a mining company to purchase the lease, in order to recover the funds that were lost when Banks Island Gold declared bankruptcy,” Witzke said. “We believe the government is waiting for a company to come along and do that, so the government doesn’t have to spend its own money on clean-up.”
According to government estimates presented by B.C. Chief Inspector of Mines Al Hoffman, clean-up efforts and remediation costs could add up to more than half a million dollars. Currently, the province holds $450,000 in security from Banks Island Gold for the Yellow Giant mine.
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on-remote-island newsletter Gitxaała opposed to mining on Bank's Island
May 17, 2016, Despite our opposition to the Yellow Giant Gold Mine, the project went ahead, and now, as a result of negligence on the part of the company and the permitting agency, we are dealing with an environmental disaster that has yet to be dealt with. G.E.M Manager James Witzke spoke to the CBC regarding the disaster.
https://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.3719194 First Nation says the B.C. government failed to monitor mine as pollutants leaked into the wetland and waterways.
Andrew Kurjata - CBC NewsPosted: August 15, 2016 �
Last Updated: August 15, 2016, A B.C. mining company, along with its CEO and chief geologist, are facing charges for allegedly releasing waste material into woods, wetland, and water on a Hecate Strait Island. They have been charged with 18 offenses for allegedly violating the province's Environmental Management Act, including failure to report a spill of a polluting substance and repeatedly failing to comply with environmental permits. Banks Island Gold Ltd., president, and CEO Benjamin Mossman and chief geologist Dirk Meckert have not yet appeared in court. They will make their first appearance in Prince Rupert on Sept. 7. "They kind of operated under this wild west mentality, where they were out on an island, and they were isolated, and they kind of did things accordingly," said James Witzke, assessment manager of the Gitxaala Environmental Monitoring Office.
https://vancouversun.com/business/local-business/banks-island-gold-creditor- contemplates-reopening-yellow-giant-mine/wcm/55df9d78- f216-4073-873c-38b35e7da91a/amp/
Jun 29, 2016
The ministry is interested in securing a new owner for the mine, in part, because if none is found, the province will be responsible for cleanup and remediation. The province holds $450,000 in security from Banks Island Gold for the Yellow mine, but that will not cover the full remediation costs, B.C. Chief Inspector of Mines Al Hoffman told a legislative committee earlier this month.
Banks Island miners face 18 pollution charges Gold mine near Prince Rupert shut down last summer for permit violations, owners charged for failing to report spill TOM FLETCHER
Aug. 12, 2016
Benjamin Mossman and Dirk Meckert are scheduled to appear in Prince Rupert provincial court Sept. 7. Also charged is Banks Island Gold Ltd., which went into receivership after being shut down last year for provincial permit violations.
The Yellow Giant mine was ordered shut down by the Ministry of Environment in July 2015 after a tailings spill was reported on a tip. There is one charge of failing to report a spill of a polluting substance, and the other 17 charges are for failing to comply with permits. North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice raised the issue in the legislature this spring, after receiving a letter from the Gitxaala First Nation referring to two separate tailings spills.