Deadline to lay charges for Mt. Polley disaster fast approaching

Deadline to lay charges for Mt. Polley disaster fast approaching r1 ...

Canada must lay charges for this nation’s biggest ever mine tailings spill disaster

Dear Paov,

It’s almost been five years since Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley mine tailings dam failed, sending millions of cubic metres of water, slurry, sludge and tailings thundering down Hazeltine Creek and into Quesnel Lake.

Now the deadline for Canada to press charges for the largest tailings dam failure in Canadian history is tomorrow and if the deadline passes by — the company may never be charged at all.

We must demand the federal government hold Imperial Metals accountable for the Mount Polley disaster.

Write Now To date, no charges have been filed and Imperial Metals has not had to pay a dime in fines. This sends a message that big mining is above the law in Canada.

Quesnel Lake is in one of the Fraser River system’s major salmon spawning and rearing watersheds and is one of the deepest fjord lakes in the world. The long-term effects of the spill and its contamination of fish habitat are still under study to this day. The company was never required to retrieve the tailings which now sit on the bottom of the lake. And even now, Imperial Metals is allowed to pump up to 52 million litres of wastewater a day into Quesnel Lake from the mine under permit from the BC government.

Today we need to be writing letters to Canada’s environment and fisheries ministers calling on them to ensure charges are laid before the Sunday deadline. Please write now! For the wild,

Joe Foy | Co-Executive Director
Wilderness Committee


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