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First Nation outraged by permit allowing Mount Polley tailing release


Contents from a tailings pond is pictured going down the Hazeltine Creek into Quesnel Lake near the town of Likely, B.C. on August, 5, 2014. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

Mine responsible for 2014 environmental disaster granted permit to release effluent into Quesnel Lake

CBC News, Dec 2, 2015

Members of a B.C. First Nation are speaking out against the province for allowing the Mount Polley mine to drain effluent from a tailings pit into Quesnel Lake.

Secwepemc Nation spokesperson Kanahus Manuel is outraged by the province’s decision, and worried for the people who use Quesnel Lake. Read the rest of this entry

Community, First Nations leaders demand B.C. act to avert a second Mount Polley mine disaster

Local politicians and First Nation leaders are calling on the province to quickly avert another disaster at Mount Polley.They reacted angrily Sunday to news that recent heavy snow is pushing water levels to dangerous levels in a temporary containment pit. The pit was created to replace the tailings pond dam that collapsed in 2014.

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Native Resistance to Canada’s Worst Mining Disaster – Mount Polley“>

by Kanahus Manuel, posted to Youtube Aug 1, 2015

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Mount Polley Disaster Memorial Gathering, August 4, 2015

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Imperial Metals losing money as Mount Polley still closed, Red Chris not at full production

Aerial view of the Mount Polley tailings pond breach.

Aerial view of the Mount Polley tailings pond breach.

Company has applied to restart Mt Polley, closed since failure last summer of waste dam

National Call To Action: April 29 Stop Mt Polley from reopening“>

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This is what they’re doing to clean up the worst mining disaster in Canadian history.

Published on Oct 25, 2014 by Kanahus Manuel

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Mount Polley mine tailings spill nearly 70 per cent bigger than first estimated

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Secwepemc establish checkpoint and camp to monitor Mount Polley disaster

Mount polley secwepemc camp 2Press Release from Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp, August 21, 2014

The Secwepemc have established a monitoring checkpoint and encampment at the entrance of the Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley Mine where, on August 4th 2014, the largest environmental disaster in British Columbia’s history unfolded as the damn to the mine’s tailings pond broke and unleashed 2.5 billion gallons of contaminated water and 4.5 million cubic metres of metals laden silt into Hazeltine Creek, Polley Lake and Quesnel Lake on the way to the Fraser River Watershed. Read the rest of this entry

Secwepemc Women’s Sacred Fire at the Mount Polley Mine Disaster Site

Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp, August 2014.

Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp, August 2014.

August 21, 2014:  Day 3 of the Secwepemc women’s Sacred Fire and camp at the entrance to the Mount Polley Mine Disaster site

“Today on the third day of our Sacred Fire and the 16th day after the disaster, we were blessed by the welcoming of the sun and by a deer visiting us at our camp. The traffic of heavy haul trucks never stopped and continued all night long. Residents of Likely continue to visit the camp with their deep concerns and prayers for the water, as well as their complaints about the Mount Polley mine operations current and past. Read the rest of this entry