Further reporting came out this week on the DeBeer’s failure to report on mercury levels at its Victor Mine near Attawapiskat First Nation. This article focuses on the people and organizations behind the legal challenge, and emphasizes that this lapse in environmental regulation is a systemic problem. More transparency and regulator oversight is required to prevent industry from polluting with impunity.
July 14, 2021 (The Meaford Indepenendent)
Meaford Resident Wins Important Legal Battle Against Diamond Giant De Beers
“Local Meaford resident Trevor Hesselink never thought that his margin notes in an environmental reporting document would turn into an eight-year struggle for accountability in Ontario’s mining sector. But after months of painstaking research, publishing an exhaustive investigative report, and launching a private prosecution, Hesselink’s case against the diamond giant finally came to a successful resolution in the Timmins Ontario Court of Justice last week. De Beers Canada Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to provide mercury monitoring data relating to the operation of its Victor Diamond Mine in Northern Ontario.” Read more here . . .