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Kickstarter For The Mount Polley Documentary: Turbidity

The ECOreport reposts the Kickstarter for The Mount Polley Documentary: Turbidity

Originally Posted on Kickstarter

By Robert E Moberg

It’s been a tough summer for many here in the Cariboo Chilcotin region of BC. Forest fires resulted in evacuations of entire towns and thousands of people, myself included. We are finally home and safe but still under an evacuation alert. As we approach the 3rd anniversary of the Mt Polley mine disaster we need your help more than ever. The funds raised through this campaign will help complete the feature length documentary, Turbidity. In the end this film is not about one mine or one disaster. It is about the kind of world we want for ourselves and our children. This is a 30 day all or nothing campaign to raise at least 10,000 dollars towards production. Thank you for your support, it really does make a difference!
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25,000 Canadians Seek Justice For The Mount Polley Disaster

The ECOreport reposts an update on the lawsuit, 25,000 Canadians Seek Justice For The Mount Polley Disaster

Originally Published on Mining Watch

Williams Lake (B.C.), March 27 2017. As Federal Crown Prosecutors move today in B.C. provincial court to stay (i.e. shelve) MiningWatch’s private charges over the Mount Polley mine disaster, the mining watchdog is releasing the names of over 25,000 Canadians who have endorsed a petition urging the Trudeau government not to let those responsible off the hook for the biggest mining spill in Canada’s history. Local residents, regional groups, and First Nations support the effort to enforce the Fisheries Act.
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Four Transboundary Mines Risk Repeating Mount Polley Disaster

The ECOreport reposts a call to include Mount Polley investigation recommendations in mining code:  Four Transboundary Mines Risk Repeating Mount Polley Disaster

Originally Published on MiningWatch Canada

Juneau, AK; Ottawa, ON; Washington, D.C. – In the midst of deliberations over the British Columbia Mining Code, an international coalition today released Post-Mount Polley: Tailings Dam Safety in British Columbia, a new analysis revealing that four major BC mine projects in the Alaska/British Columbia transboundary region fail to implement the recommendations of the Mount Polley expert panel, risking similar mine waste containment disasters. The Mount Polley mine disaster, considered the worst mine disaster in Canadian history, occurred in August 2014, releasing over 25 million cubic metres of mine waste into the Fraser River watershed.

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Mine Waste & the Fraser River Watershed

The ECOreport reposts A new video examining Mine Waste & the Fraser River Watershed

Press Release from the Wilderness Committee

Do you remember the huge mine tailings dam that burst at BC’s infamous Mount Polley Mine in 2014, spilling an estimated 25 million cubic metres of mine waste and water into nearby creeks and Quesnel Lake?

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A Year After The Mount Polley Disaster

BC’s environmental-assessment processes are still streamlined to fast-track mine approvals, So what has changed a year after the Mount Polley disaster?

From the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki

It was a dramatic image: millions of cubic metres of waste cascading from the Mount Polley mine breach into the Quesnel watershed in B.C.’s Interior. Besides destroying a nine-kilometre creek and endangering salmon and the neighbouring community of Likely, the catastrophe damaged the mining industry’s reputation. In the months following, fingers pointed, independent panels weighed in and committees were struck. One year later, the Mount Polley mine is operating again, this time with a conditional permit and no long-term plan to deal with excess tailings.

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Is BC Setting The Stage For Another Mount Polley Disaster?

Environmental Impacts & The Need For Social License

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Twenty-four million cubic meters of silt, metals and water spilled into the adjacent waterways, when the Mount Polley tailings pond dam breached. It has been called one of Canada’s worst environmental disasters. The province’s independent review panel made six recommendations, one of which was that tailings and water should not be mixed anymore in BC. This did not please the mining companies who say dry stacking of tailings would cost too much. The Clark Government appears to concur. An application to restart Mount Polley, with tailings in water, is under consideration. The Secwepemc Peoples regard this as “a violation of sovereignty” which “opens the territory up to further damage.” Is BC  setting the stage for another Mount Polley Disaster?

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