Duluth News Tribune – Both sides agree: protect environment — Mount Polley drove home need for protections
By Tara Scurr, Amnesty International
We were with a delegation to northern Minnesota this week from the international human rights organization Amnesty International and the community of Likely, British Columbia. We are thankful to northern Minnesota for welcoming us. It was an honor to be here in this beautiful place visiting with members of the public; representatives of the Fond du Lac Band; and state, city, and county officials. We were here to share some of our experiences from the catastrophic failure of a copper mine in our own beautiful backyard.
On Aug. 4, 2014, at one o’clock in the morning, a section of the Mount Polley copper mine tailings dam collapsed, sending more than 6 billion U.S. liquid gallons of toxic slurry down a 5½-mile stretch of creek into pristine Quesnel Lake in British Columbia. Quesnel Lake is the incubator for one third of all wild sockeye salmon swimming in British Columbia rivers. The runaway mine tailings now lie at the bottom of the lake. er, especially to Indigenous peoples, and yet our Canadian government has failed to take action.