VANCOUVER — A Canadian mining company says it is voluntarily pulling out of an area of northern British Columbia, but Fortune Minerals (TSX:FT) warns it is not leaving Mount Klappan for good, and remains committed to an open pit coal mine in an area considered sacred by First Nations.
One day after Mines Minister Bill Bennett held a weekend visit at a First Nations protest site in northwestern B.C., 40 Tahltan members ordered workers at a nearby Fortune Minerals exploration camp to leave the area, considered sacred by aboriginals.
Following blockades of its Arctos Anthracite project by British Columbia's Tahltan First Nation, Vancouver-based Fortune Minerals Ltd. released a statement Monday saying that the company is moving to peacefully resolve the 'disturbance'.
REACTING to what it calls “disruptive and damaging protests,” Fortune Minerals Ltd., the company that wants to build a coal mine in the Klappan Valley against the wishes of local Tahltan First Nation, says it is leaving the area.
Members of the Tahltan nation began blockading a road which leads to the site of Fortune Minerals’ proposed open pit coal mine last night as Tahltan Central Council (TCC) leaders prepared for talks with Government this afternoon.