Posted by Zig Zag
The building that houses Imperial Metals, located at 580 Hornby Street in Vancouver, BC, vandalized with graffiti warning of another potential mining disaster at the Red Chris mine in northern BC.
Posted on September 22, 2014, in Mining and tagged Imperial Metals, Mount Polley, Red Chris Mine. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.
I find it rather odd no one comments and no story to go along with photo as this is the largest environmental mining disaster in Canadian history. The mass slaughter of wildlife the destruction of forests all that live there the water the salmon the trout the bear the moose all that is sacred to the peoples gutted and no one stops Imperial metals no one stops the sister mine red chris from starting up. No one is standing up to this company no one is writing about standing up. well almost there is one person, it seems like a huge mission for one man, why is any one who can do something doing nothing. Imperial Metals were notified by environment Canada to stop filling tailing pond they ignored this notice. imperial metals and its employees and local citizens knew this tailing pond was over full. No steps were taken to prevent this pond from breaking there were no secure walls to prevent the toxic liquid from leaking. one lake has already died black lake. how much more are we going to give of the sacred to industry. Please can we write about this, can we talk about this and can we do something about this ! warriors please warrior on; the bears, cougars moose salmon winged ones and crawlers are crying for clean water yelping for protection grieving for their losses suffering and injured and no one is looking out for them. Mans eye is following the flow of money Not following the water ways. Warriors needed at Mount Polly.
There’s been plenty of coverage of the Mount Polley spill as well as a camp established by the Secwepemc and allies at the site. They’ve also rallied and organized seminars over the last month.
It is still my opinion not enough has been done and I am not convinced anything at all has been done at any level of action stoppage, clean up, disclosure why refusal to stop filling tailing pond, why was one lake left to die. public transparency so I will keep asking questions I feel we should all know what the hell happened to the Canadian wildlife, forest, waters ,aquatic all of it. It is not only the responsibility of the people who live there to get answers. mining practices and environmental destruction is all our responsibility to ensure protection of eco systems. I accept you feel it is not a news issue any longer.
Thanks for sharing my work. I did a little piece on the Red Chris mine sign, as well. Pictures are up on my Facebook of both. We need to be proud to stand against the perpetrators of our combined demise in any way we can, as I am.
Have you ever heard of the Bullion Pit?
120 metres (400 feet) or so in depth, twice that in width, and about 1.6 kilometre long, the result of what was once (another superlative) proclaimed to be the largest hydraulic placer mine in the world. In all, some 200 million tonnes (220 million tons) of material were washed away to create it
Gold was found on the site in the 1870s and was first worked on a small scale by Chinese miners. In 1894 it became a large-scale operation, and it continued to be worked on and off by a number of different owners until 1942.
Eventually Morehead Creek was dammed, creating the present-day Morehead Lake, and another ditch eleven miles long was dug to bring its water to the mine.
200 Million tons of raw material (sediment particles, naturally occurring chemical) discharged into the Quesnel river over a span of 70 years is still an incredible amount of discharge. The environmental effects of its operations (water quality/salmon habitat) and natural reclamation data from its shut down to present day is invaluable to determine the prognosis of the recent spill into the lake.
There is no validity to the sensationalized claim that the recent spill is even close to the purported disaster that everyone would have you think when measured against historical evidence, If the recent spill was so bad to have caused so much damage then the Bullion pit would have made every living thing in the river extinct long ago.
Imperial Metals made some big mistakes and they deserve all the shame they are receiving.
I just would like to make it clear to people as to the real science associated with this spill without the political spin on it.
Dear lolalawton. Unfortunately, I don’t think a single statement in your comment is factual. There has been no mass slaughter of wildlife as a result of this tailings spill. The water in the tailings was not toxic. No lake has died. In fact all the water testing done by MOE has shown that the water in Quesnel Lake, where much of the spilled tailings ended up, meets drinking water standards, and all the fish testing has shown the fish in the lake are safe to eat. There is no doubt that there has been physical damage to 7km long Hazeltine Creek, and this sort of tailings failure should not happen, but it does not help us address the real problems by focussing on non-problems.
and a few more ;excuse me ; Meat Bag- this sort of failure is caused by neglect willful act of non compliance to stop filling.
If the waters is so non toxic, then why don’t you pour your cup and drink it ? If there has been no wildlife slaughtered because of it, why don’t you eat a live yet rotting salmon with its skin falling off downstream? Why don’t you take a nice swim in the water with the iridescent goo floating on the surface that burns your skin? Why don’t you post it youtube it for the whole world to see? Why don’t you get your facts straight and stop spreading propaganda?
exactly, Onhka;ni;se thank you emma
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