The big news out of the region this week comes from a Timmon’s courtroom where global diamond producer DeBeer’s pleaded guilty for failure to report on mercury levels at a monitoring station at its Victor Mine, near Attawapiskat First Nation.
According to EcoJustice, the environmental law organization that launched the initial private prosecution that led to the guilty plea, this case demonstrates why self-reporting by mining companies does not work, and ultimately “gives mining companies the opportunity to pollute with impunity.” The case also sets an important precedent for how mining projects in the Northern Ontario region should be reported and regulated.
July 6, 2021 (Northern Ontario Business)
Environmental group claims legal victory over De Beers for mercury reporting failures
Diamond miner contends mercury never used at Victor operation, chemical element is ‘naturally occurring’ in James Bay region
“A victory in court against De Beers Canada “sets a precedent” on reporting and regulating mining pollution in Ontario’s Far North, according to an environmental law organization.” Read more here…
July 6, 2021 (CBC)
De Beers pleads guilty to failing to report mercury monitoring data near northern Ontario mine
De Beers says guilty plea in connection to mercury report from G2 station in 2014.
“De Beers Canada Inc. pleaded guilty to one count of failing to provide mercury monitoring data relating to the operation of its open pit Victor diamond mine, located upstream from the Attawapiskat First Nation in 2014.” Read more here…