Metro News – Lack of charges in Mount Polley disaster ‘a crime’:
NDP critic. NDP fisheries critic Fin Donnelly calls on the Canadian government to lay charges on the third anniversary of the Mount Polley mine disaster in B.C.
The lack of charges three years after British Columbia’s worst-ever environmental mining disaster is “a crime”, according to the federal NDP critic for fisheries. The tailings dam collapse at the Mount Polley gold and copper mine, near Quesnel Lake, in August 2014 sent 24 million cubic metres of waste and sludge into nearby waterways.
Two reports, by B.C.’s chief inspector of mines and an independent panel of engineering experts, found the collapse involving the mine operated by Imperial Metals Corp. was caused by a poorly designed dam that didn’t account for drainage and erosion failures. A scathing report in May 2016 by auditor general Carol Bellringer concluded that almost all
…Jacinda Mack, with the Xat’sull First Nation, says the lack of enforcement after the disaster sets a “low standard” for communities that rely on fisheries.
“Today, we are seeing the impunity in which these mining companies operate,” Mack said. “Our communities are heavily dependent on salmon and we’ve gone two years in a row now with the lowest numbers ever in the Fraser River. We say that the disaster isn’t over. We need the federal government to step in and do its job.”