Mt. Polley

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It’s been almost five years since Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley Mine spilled 25 million cubic metres of toxic waste into Quesnel Lake, one of the deepest lakes in the world. The lake is home to abundant fish and supplies drinking water to local communities.

The clock is ticking: the federal government has until August 4th, 2019, to charge Imperial Metals. That’s why we need to turn up the heat now and force Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson’s hands.

Already, over 51,000 SumOfUs members like you have signed our powerful petition calling for charges against the mining giant.

Will you help us get to 70,000 to force the hand of Trudeau and Wilkinson to finally do the right thing and charge Imperial Metals?

Thanks for all you do,

Angus, Amelia and the team at SumOfUs




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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Here's a copy of the original email we sent out:

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.

Sign the petition

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


More information:

With deadline looming, charges recommended in Mount Polley mines disaster, Globe and Mail, June 28th, 2019
Canada failed at monitoring waste dumps from mining companies, National Observer, April 2nd, 2019


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