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Old 08-06-2014, 05:58 AM   #1
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Cry Mount Polley Tailings

I have visited family, fished , camped and explored this area on my bike.
We were planning a trip through this area and Barkerville in September.
I work in the mining industry , I am not an environmentalist but this almost made me cry.
We will hear about this disaster for many years and it will effect many others and many generations to come.
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Old 08-06-2014, 08:14 AM   #2
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I don't know about Mount Polley...I'll look that up when I get home in another week unless you want to elaborate and give some links???

But then Logan Lake....what's up with the ugly pond below the mine???
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Old 08-06-2014, 09:27 AM   #3
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I'm heading up that way in a few days. Via Lillooet, Gang Ranch, Bella Coola, and then Horsefly. Thru to Barkerville, then return south thru Sheridan Lake area.

Will be looking for the damage from the breach.
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Old 08-06-2014, 11:51 AM   #4
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it is what you dont see that IS freaky...toxins.
all the very best to those who live along the waterways around said area....
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:11 PM   #5
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For those looking for a link:


http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...board/follows/

The Globe talks about tons of toxins in the pond, the company says the water is "near drinking quality". I guess we'll find out more in the next couple of weeks. You've got to feel for all the tourism places in the area...


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Old 08-06-2014, 12:57 PM   #6
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For those looking for a link:


http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...board/follows/

The Globe talks about tons of toxins in the pond, the company says the water is "near drinking quality". I guess we'll find out more in the next couple of weeks. You've got to feel for all the tourism places in the area...


apparently the dead fish don't think so.

Probably an overtopping failure due to Imperial Metals allowing the pond levels to exceed the design levels.

Read more here http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/britis...ings-1.2728591
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Old 08-06-2014, 01:50 PM   #7
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Canadian mining companies have a rather poor reputation in other parts of the world, and now they are displaying their capabilities right here at home. I was only seeing news of this on the CBC, but now it seems to have caught the attention of the other news organizations. Yes, this is quite the disaster. I hope they can remediate the damage and lessons are learned. My guess is that this will affect the various applications for other mines and that very important oil pipeline. Anyone seen a response from the federal government yet? The provincial government seems to be making an effort to respond, but the minister didn't come across as being very credible.
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Old 08-06-2014, 09:23 PM   #8
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Mount Polley mine tailings spill: Imperial Metals could face $1M fine

CBC Headline.

wow a million bucks. I guess some politco or bureaucrat picks a number like this because it sounds like a shit load of money to a working guy.



I'll bet Imperial Metals management and accountants are raising a glass to this BS.


and who do you think will pay for most of the cleanup
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Old 08-06-2014, 10:47 PM   #9
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Old 08-06-2014, 10:59 PM   #10
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This is absolutely sickening. This area is home to some of the greatest stocks of wild rainbow trout in the province in Quesnel Lake, a huge percentage of the sockeye from the Fraser and endless wildlife. All in danger of being lost now....

Heads should roll, but of course none will.
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Old 08-07-2014, 06:09 AM   #11
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Mount Polley mine tailings spill: Imperial Metals could face $1M fine

CBC Headline.

wow a million bucks. I guess some politco or bureaucrat picks a number like this because it sounds like a shit load of money to a working guy.



I'll bet Imperial Metals management and accountants are raising a glass to this BS.


and who do you think will pay for most of the cleanup
Considering that Bernie Eccelstone just paid $100M for his get out of jail free card....
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Old 08-07-2014, 06:28 AM   #12
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This is absolutely sickening. This area is home to some of the greatest stocks of wild rainbow trout in the province in Quesnel Lake, a huge percentage of the sockeye from the Fraser and endless wildlife. All in danger of being lost now.... Heads should roll, but of course none will.
And all for gold, a vanity metal. I wonder how the Socred/Fiberals will spin this one?

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Old 08-07-2014, 07:22 AM   #13
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The extent of the damage really depends on the extent of the breach.

The ponds are used to allow the waste from the mines to settle to the bottom of the pond. If only the top third or top half of the pond was breached, the environmental damage may not be too bad. The wastes would have remained in the bottom of the pond.

On the other hand, if it was a total breach, the damage may be around for generations.

Here's hoping it was a minor breach.
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Old 08-07-2014, 08:04 AM   #14
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Steve took away the protection of waterways in Canada.

A travesty, in no uncertain terms.
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Old 08-07-2014, 08:58 AM   #15
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Steve took away the protection of waterways in Canada.

A travesty, in no uncertain terms.
A terrible situation. Should not have happened. But it did. Environmental guidelines were not adhered to. Assets of this mining company will have to be used to try to fix this mess, even if it means the end of this company.

Blaming this disaster on but one person, "Steve", is but another ideologically based attempt to throw stones at opposing political view, and most laughable at best, a head shaker at the very least, and shows how easy it is to throw fluff around.

This type of mine primarily goes after silver, with gold as a secondary extract. I've got no problem shredding this mines' procedures and lack of adherence to set guidelines, but "poo-pooing" the product they are mining is another misguided off the cuff tosser. Be aware that life without silver would mean no house appliances, no phones, no vehicles of any kind, and a return to pre industrial revolution living standards, where coal and tree burning are used for heat, horses for transport, and a winter of canned potatoes for food. Yes, we could shut down all mining and resource extraction in this country. We could very well revert to leaving resource extraction to third world countries far away from our area. After all, pretending we live a "green" life by having this kind of extraction 5,000 miles away would certainly make us feel good about ourselves.
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