Mount Polley Mine
A lake in British Columbia likely survived a major pollution disaster when a tailings pond at the Mount Polley mine collapsed last summer, but it needs constant monitoring to track any long-term...
“I planned on dying here,” Skeed Borkowski, owner of the Northern Lights Lodge, said. “But not from drinking the water.”
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.
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.
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.
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...