Protesters march through downtown Vancouver to denounce Imperial Metals' Mount Polley negligence
The Secwepemc Women’s Warrior Society led a rally today to protest Imperial Metals, the company responsible for the Mount Polley tailing ponds disaster which spilled 10.5 million cubic metres of toxic tailings water near Likely, BC last week. The spill also put 4.5 million cubic metres of contaminated sediment into Polley Lake, Hazeltine Creek and into Quesnel Lake.
Although the company recently stated that the water was 'nearly drinkable' and that the situation had stabilized, experts said that Imperial Metals' gold and copper-mining process likely put materials such as arsenic, lead, and selenium are likely in the toxic tailings.
The environmental disaster resulted in a ban on drinking water in the area and First Nation leaders in the area issuing a fishing ban order due to possible contamination of fish.