The ECOreport reposts an OP Ed about the BC Government’s Tailings Pond Failure
Originally Published on Sierra Club BC
VICTORIA—A report prepared for Sierra Club BC shows there is an ongoing and serious risk of tailings storage facility failures, highlighting the fundamental inadequacy of the B.C. government’s response to date.
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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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Environmental Impacts & The Need For Social License
By Roy L Hales
Twenty-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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From The David Suzuki Foundation
By David Suzuki
When a tailings pond broke at the Mount Polley gold and copper mine in south-central B.C., spilling millions of cubic metres of waste into a salmon-bearing stream, B.C. Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett called it an “extremely rare” occurrence, the first in 40 years for mines operating here.
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The ECOreport reposts a Mount Polley Update: More work is necessary to deal with mining risks
Press Release From the Sierra Club BC
In response to Minister Bill Bennett’s announcement of independent inquiry into Mount Polley on August 18:
While Sierra Club BC welcomes the B.C. government’s announcement of an independent investigation of the Mount Polley disaster and third party review of safety inspections of provincial tailings ponds, we are calling for additional broader action to minimize and prevent risks of environmental devastation caused by mines.
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By Roy L Hales
With the cost of the Mount Polley clean-up expected to exceed $200 million, some question whether Imperial Metals will be able to pay for it. The government only holds $14.5 million in financial security for the Mount Polley mine and Imperial Mines allegedly has a $15 million in “interruption of business” insurance. Can Imperial Pay for the Clean-up?
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By Roy L Hales
Though Ministry of Environment staff report that water samples are very close to historical levels, business is not back to normal at the Mount Polley Mine.
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In the wake of the Mount Polley Disaster, the ECOreport asks can Christy Clark’s Government be trusted?
Questions arising from the Mount Polley tailings pond breach:
- Is BC’s Liberal government in the pockets of industry?
- Can large corporations be trusted to place public safety ahead of profits?
- Does the Federal Government have any responsibility for this?
- Can Christy Clark’s government be trusted?
“How come no one has to resign?” writes Rafe Mair. “This is a colossal screwup by the government of British Columbia. Is no one to blame? Whatever happened to the notion of ministerial responsibility?”
By Roy L Hales
On August 4, the Mount Polley Mine tailings pond breached, discharging 4.5 million cubic metres of metals-laden fine sand into the surrounding lakes and rivers. Even as Interior Health lifted the “do not use water advisory” for communities north of where the Quesnel River narrows, questions of government incompetence are surfacing.
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Taken from His Website
By Andrew Weaver, MLA Oak Bay-Gordon Head
Looking at the pictures in the news this week of the environmental disaster that took place in central BC takes your breath away. I felt it was important to write a detailed review of what we know now and what questions need to be asked going forward. I will provide as much information I can as things develop.
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