Remediation at Mount Polley

Mount Polley already meets Metal and Diamond Mining Regulations

June 23, 2021
Mount Polley Mining Corporation was future ready when the federal government published new regulations amending the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations (MMER) earlier this week.  The federal regulati… Read more »
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The Cultural History of Copper

May 20, 2021
Copper has played an important role in the development of human civilization. Copper was discovered in several sites, and has notable industrial origins in Cyprus whose name comes from those that traded the metal as a commodity. The ancie… Read more »
Magentite ore

Magnetite and Magnetite Mining in Canada

March 3, 2021
Magnetite (also magnet iron, magnet iron stone, iron oxide, or iron (II, III) oxide) is the most stable iron oxide with high resistance to acids and alkalis. It has a cubic crystal system and a chemical molecular formula Fe3O4. One of the iro… Read more »

A letter from the Mount Polley Team

March 3, 2021
Happy Holidays – we hope that everyone enjoyed a joyous holiday season and wish you all the best for 2021. A Covid-19 update – Mount Polley employees continue to take additional precautions to minimize the risks of COVID19 tra… Read more »
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A Guide to Gold and gold mining

February 25, 2021
Gold is the chemical element with the symbol ‘Au’ on the periodic table of elements. It has been prized for its appearance, use, and value since its discovery by peoples long ago, as far back as 4000 B.C. The yellow metal is worth… Read more »
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Silver and Silver Mining

February 23, 2021
Silver is a soft metal with many valuable properties that make it a desirable resource for reasons both practical and luxurious. The chemical element goes by the ‘Ag’ symbol on the periodic table of elements and comes with a me… Read more »
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Gold, Nickel, fashion and Canadian mining

January 21, 2021
We can’t wait until the day we have a reason to dress up again! Until then, let’s talk about how Canadian mining provides minerals that help shape fashion trends here and around the world.  Gold  has been used for making jewelry for thousand… Read more »
Indium, Gold, Copper and Canadian mining

Copper, Gold, Indium, and Canadian mining in our lives

January 14, 2021
Never before in history has technology played such an integral role in our daily lives. From Zoom meetings on our iPads, to multi-monitor at-home workstations, to celebrating a holiday with our loved ones through a screen, our devices are… Read more »

Mount Polley is Canadian Mining, Hockey is Canada’s sport

December 22, 2020
Hockey is Canada’s Sport! And mining plays a big role in making the sport possible. Hockey sticks, skates and nets are all made of materials mined in Canada. The most popular hockey sticks are one-piece composite sticks — typically o… Read more »
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The History of Copper

December 10, 2020
Part 1 None of the great cultures in the period of history before the Middle Ages could have prospered without mastering copper and its metallurgy.  Copper was one of the first metals used by humans, dating back to the Stone Age, the pre… Read more »
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Mining’s Future in a Green Economy

November 25, 2020
Michael Goehring, CEO, Mining Association of BC discusses mining’s important role in the green economy. credit: Mining Association of British Columbia “BC is a hotbed of innovation, so our industry is working closely with… Read more »
Exploration at Mount Polley

Exploration at Mount Polley

November 5, 2020
An exploration area at the Mount Polley site called the Frypan/Morehead, located west and north of the mine, covering approximately 3 x 3 kilometres, has recently been the focus of exploration. This area is a largely till covered magnetic… Read more »

Mining and Mineral Processing at the Mount Polley mine

July 10, 2020
In the Mount Polley Mine, run-of-mine ore from the open pits and underground is hauled to the crusher.  The crusher has three stages of crushing involving five crushers, twenty conveyors and four sets of screens.  Ore is dumped… Read more »

How does Mount Polley decide to process?

July 10, 2020
Gold and Copper The broken rock in the open pit is segregated into ore and waste based on the assay of rock cuttings sourced from the blasthole production drills. This assay analysis determines the sulphide copper percentage and gold grams… Read more »
Mount Polley workers

Who works at Mount Polley?

July 10, 2020
At Mount Polley, we look for individuals to join our workforce who display a variety of skills and training levels. We have a training department that will train workers from other industries. Our key goal is to source workers locally. The f… Read more »
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Likely Area Mining History

June 8, 2020
The area around Likely has a long and fascinating history of placer mining. Placer mining refers to mining materials (mostly gold) deposited in ancient stream beds that are still largely unconsolidated (i.e. relatively loose materials… Read more »
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Is Mount Polley Dumping Waste into Quesnel Lake?

April 10, 2020
There has been recent speculation about whether or not Mount Polley is dumping waste into Quesnel Lake. In short, the answer is no. Current treatment of water at Mount Polley, including the dilution zone at depth in Quesnel Lake, ensures wa… Read more »
Mount Polley tailings

Tailings – What are they and what is in the Mount Polley tailings?

March 10, 2020
First, what are tailings? Tailings are essentially crushed rock, and are the leftover material after the minerals containing the “elements of interest” have been removed. At Mount Polley the elements of interest are copper, gold and sil… Read more »