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Mount Milligan introduced a monthly newsletter after concentrate production began in the second half of 2013. With operations underway, the first edition of the Mount Milligan News was released at the beginning of November.

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During construction we published a project update -- ENews. Our last issue was distributed in August.  Older issues are posted at the bottom of this page

October 8, 2013 -- Mount Milligan hosted dignitaries, specail guests, employees and contractos at a commissioning event at the mine October 8.  Click on the name to read an article from the Mackenzie Times

September 24, 2013 -- First concentrate shipped from Mount Milligan.

August 15, 2013 -- The phased start-up at Mount Milligan commenced with the first feed to the concentrator. Routine testing and commissioning of all equipment and process circuits will continue through the start-up period, with concentrate production expected within the next several weeks.

"We are pleased to report that we have processed the first feed material through the concentrator as scheduled and that everything went as planned", said Kevin Loughrey, chairman and chief executive officer of Thompson Creek Metals. "All of us at Thompson Creek are proud of this achievement and look forward to the initial production of copper and gold concentrate at Mt. Milligan in the third quarter."

Commercial production is expected in the fourth quarter of this year.


May 2013 -- Thompson Creek Metals hosted its annual general meeting May 9 in Denver.  Click on the bullet below to view the AGM presentation, including an update on Mount Milligan. 

April 2013 --Mount Milligan's 2012 sustainability and social responsibility report is now available. Click here to download the report.  Reader feedback is welcome and can be provided via email csr-feedback@tcrk.com or a reader survey  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CBQB3R6

March 2013 -- Thompson Creek Metals is pleased to announce that the Mount Milligan team has surpassed 4 million hours without a Lost Time Injury (LTI).  A lost time injury is said to have occured when a worker is unable to return to his or her normal work duties for their next shift as a result of a work related injury.

"Each person who worked on site made a contribution to the achievement of this impressive safety milestone," says Scott Shellhaas, president and chief operating officer, Thompson Creek Metals.  "We are extremely proud of the team and extend our thanks to everyone for their efforts to build a safety-first culture at Mount Milligan."

During the period of time when the 4 million hours were accumulated, more than 900 people were working at Mount Milligan each day, accounting for approximately 70,000 hours of work each week.

January 2013 -- The Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans has approved Mount Milligan's fish habitat compensation plan, a requirement of Environment Canada's Metal Mining Effluent Regulations.  This approval was the final step to authorize deposition of tailings into the zero discharge tailing storage facility at Mount Milligan.  It is also the final authorization required to operate the Mount Milligan copper-gold mine, scheduled for start-up in the third quarter of 2013.

December 2012 -- After careful consideration, judges selected the winner in a competition to design a graphic for the exterior of one of the specialty buses commissioned to carry crew to Mount Milligan from Mackenzie and Fort St. James.  All entries were provided to the judges without names and were evaluated on a vareity of criteria.  The winner?  Heidi Haslinger, originally from Fort St. James.  If her name sounds familar it could be because Heidi Lake is named after her, and her father is Richard Haslinger, the prospector who registered the Mount Milligan claim.  Heidi's bus arrived in Fort St James Dec 15 and started shuttling crew Dec 16.  Click to see Heidi's winning design

November 2012 --The 2012 Aboriginal Business Award Recipients have been announced.  Congratulations go to TABA Enterprises Ltd recognized as BC Aboriginal Business of the Year; and Duz Cho Logging Ltd., which took home the award for Community Business of the Year. The BC Aboriginal Business Awards celebrate the accomplishments of the province's Aboriginal business sector and its contribution to the economy of British Columbia.  Both Taba and Duz Cho have made a significant contribution to Mount Milligan.

October 2012 -- In April, 2012, Thompson Creek Metals applied to the BC Environmental Assessment Office (BCEAO) for an amendment to the certificate for Mount Milligan.  The amendment is required to make two changes to the original plans for Mount Milligan:  to establish a camp for operations (the original intent was to bus all workers to site each day from either Mackenzie or Fort St. James); and to locate the load out facility in Mackenzie rather than building a new facility in Fort St. James.  The public comment period closes October 11 after which the BCEAO will render its decision.

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We publish a monthly column in the community newspapers serving Fort St. James, Mackenzie and Vanderhoof.  Please see the articles section