Carol Linnitt

Carol Linnitt is a research fellow with DeSmogBlog.com and Site Manager and Director of Research for DeSmog Canada (DeSmog.ca). Her research and writing focuses on energy development, environmental policy, government legislation, scientific research and wildlife.

Skeed Borkowski, owner of the Northern Lights Lodge near the Mount Polley mine

"It's gone": Imperial Metals' Mount Polley tailings spill disrupts future of local fishing lodge

“I planned on dying here,” Skeed Borkowski, owner of the Northern Lights Lodge, said. “But not from drinking the water.”
Mount Polley mine area photo by Farhan Umedaly, Vovo Productions

Impact of Imperial Metals Mount Polley spill on Quesnel Lake still "virtually unknown"

Nearly three weeks have passed since the Mount Polley mine spill. Yet cleanup hasn't started and the impacts on Quesnel Lake are still entirely unknown.
Mount Polley, tailings pond, drinking water, mercury, arsenic, Imperial Metals

Why B.C. can expect more Mount Polley-style disasters

If the breach of the Mount Polley tailings pond can bring anything into sharper focus, it is that our relationship with industry in this province is heading in the wrong direction.
Mount Polley, tailings pond, drinking water, mercury, arsenic, Imperial Metals

No start date in sight for Imperial Metals' Mount Polley spill cleanup

Sludge from the Imperial Metals Mount Polley mine tailings pond still clogs what used to be Hazeltine Creek and extends out into Quesnel Lake. No cleanup date is set.

Ground zero of the Imperial Metals Mount Polley disaster: it ain't pretty (PHOTOS)

It’s Monday, August 11th, and both my gumboots are dangerously sinking into the muck I’m trying to cross. I took far too bold a step towards a sturdy log ahead as I’m trying to cross a sludge river...

Residents scoff as officials announce drinking water ban rescinded for area affected by Mount Polley tailings

There were audible scoffs from the crowd this afternoon as Cariboo MLAs told residents in Likely, B.C. that the drinking water ban has been lifted for areas near the Mount Polley mine where a...

Locals refuse to drink water near Mount Polley despite authorities' assurances

Residents surrounding the Mount Polley mine are concerned about using the local water, even after officials have cleared it for drinking.

Poll suggests BC's LNG expansion at odds with public support for climate policies

Last year B.C. joined Washington State, Oregon and California in an effort to limit the causes and effects of climate change. A new poll released on Tuesday shows British...

Bill 4 Passes, opens B.C. parks to industry

The passage of Bill 4 opens B.C.'s parks to industrial activity including the construction of pipelines and resource extraction.
Alberta student

Oil giants Suncor, Syncrude and Cenovus helping Alberta design school curriculum

The Alberta Government is developing a partner strategy with major oilsands producers to develop curriculum for elementary and secondary students.