Breaking the law?

Tell the Federal government to make sure Imperial Metals is held accountable

Canada’s Auditor General released an alarming report urging Trudeau’s government to do a better job to sanction mining companies when they fail to protect Canadian waters and fish.

Now is the time to tell the federal government not to let Imperial Metals off the hook for the massive Mount Polley mine waste spill. Enforce the Fisheries Act now!

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Just today, Canada’s Auditor General released an alarming report urging Trudeau’s government to do a better job to sanction mining companies when... they fail to protect Canadian waters and fish.

And there is one mining company in particular that Trudeau needs to act on -- Imperial Metals.

Almost five years ago, Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley Mine spilt 25 million cubic metres of toxic waste into pristine Quesnel Lake, one of deepest lakes in the world. The lake is home to multiple fish species, and supplies drinking water to local communities. Until now, the federal government has let Imperial Metals off the hook for the largest mining waste spill in Canadian history -- but we’re going to change this.

The clock is ticking: the government has until August 4th, 2019, to charge Imperial Metals. That’s why we need to turn up the heat now and force Trudeau’s hand.

Tell Trudeau's government not to let Imperial Metals off the hook. Enforce the Fisheries Act now!

Mount Polley is a textbook case of corporate negligence. Multiple independent and government reports found the mine waste site was poorly constructed and operated, yet Imperial Metals faced no fines or sanctions and didn’t even have to pay the full cost of cleanup. Instead, Canadians and British Columbians picked up the tab.

The 2014 spill destroyed or damaged massive swaths of fish habitat that is supposed to be protected under the national Fisheries Act. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to usher in a new era of protection for Canadian waterways. We need to hold him to that promise. And that means he needs to push forward with charges against Imperial Metals.

Not only has Imperial Metals escaped scot-free after overseeing the worst mining disaster in Canadian history, it was granted permission to open the even bigger Red Chris mine in northern B.C., and is now on the brink of bankruptcy. This would leave taxpayers with an even bigger mess to clean-up.

Why do we have governments and regulations for if we can’t use them to hold corporations to account?

Join us and demand that the Government of Canada hold Imperial Metals responsible for the biggest mining disaster in Canadian history.

Canada is a world superpower in the mining industry and its record of neglect, shoddy practices and environmental devastation is one of the most underreported stories in the media. That’s why SumOfUs supporters have always stood up against its abuses.

SumOfUs has a long history of challenging the mining industry. Hundreds of thousands of members like you called on Newmont Mining to stop its development in Peru, and on Rio Tinto to pull out of its investment in Pebble Mine in Alaska. To date, neither mine has been built -- showing that when we work together, we can stop mining companies from destroying our ecosystem, and local communities.

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Thanks for all that you do,
Angus, Amelia and the team at SumOfUs


More information:

Advocacy group continues to pursue action against Mount Polley mining company CBC, 27 March 2017
Report 2—Protecting Fish From Mining Effluent, Office of the Auditor General of Canada, 02 April 2019
Federal Government Seeks to Quash Lawsuit Against Mount Polley and B.C. Government Before Evidence Heard, Desmog, 13 January 2017


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