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#1    Likely Guy

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 04:33 AM

As the crow flies the mine is about 15 - 20 miles away. Yesterday everything was normal. Early this morning the dam that holds their tailings was breached. A small lake of human sewage, arsenic and sulphides flowed into what was once a pristine lake as well as the second deepest lake in Canada.

Yeah, the 'human sewage' part? When Mt. Polley shipped copper and gold concentrates to the coast for shipment to Asia they noticed that on the return trip the trucks were going back empty. So, a steward of our resources figured that it was a good idea that we sent sewage from Vancouver all the way up here, in trucks, and fill this man-made storage pond on the edge of a mountain. The arsenic and heavy metals were just a by-product of the mine.

Long story short? My village of Likely, B.C., Canada is economically and environmentally screwed.

300 are out of work, a complete water ban is in force and a salmon run is about to be destroyed. The company responsible hasn't issued a statement all day and their stock went up 9 cents. Go figure?

http://www.cbc.ca/ne...place-1.2727171

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 04:48 AM

An update, and more information, "five million cubic metres of tailings pond effluent from the Mount Polley copper and gold mine was released early Monday into Hazeltine Creek."

Source: http://www.cbc.ca/ne...aster-1.2727171


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Posted 05 August 2014 - 05:02 AM

Jesus that's awful im sorry to hear that man


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Posted 05 August 2014 - 05:38 AM

My sincerest condolences.  You're saying your town has been killed - how unthinkable.  I'm not sure of Canadian law of course but here in the states such a disaster would be met with legal claims forever.  Hopefully that company has respectfully deep pockets.

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 06:22 AM

That is really disgusting. Is there a way you can bring this to wider attention and so that more people are aware of these terrible activities?


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Posted 05 August 2014 - 12:13 PM

So sorry to hear that LG.

It makes one wonder if chimps could not do a better job of keeping their resources clean.  :cry:


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Posted 05 August 2014 - 12:54 PM

Heard about this. As a fellow BCer I feel your pain. :/


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Posted 05 August 2014 - 01:15 PM

Thanks for the thoughts.

The worst part is that it's been over 24 hours and there's still no statement from the mine.

Edited by Likely Guy, 05 August 2014 - 01:15 PM.


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Posted 05 August 2014 - 01:42 PM

View PostLikely Guy, on 05 August 2014 - 01:15 PM, said:

Thanks for the thoughts.

The worst part is that it's been over 24 hours and there's still no statement from the mine.
Of course not. They're too busy securing and moving their financial assets out of the country. /sarcasm


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Posted 05 August 2014 - 01:56 PM

View PostLikely Guy, on 05 August 2014 - 01:15 PM, said:

Thanks for the thoughts.

The worst part is that it's been over 24 hours and there's still no statement from the mine.

Like they will say anything unless their arm is slightly twisted. Sorry to hear about your neighborhood.

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 05:04 AM

Had a town meeting today.

There was so much media and people from out of town that attended the community meeting that the locals couldn't get in to the hall. It's just as well though, because apparently the pat answers to any hard question was either, "I can't answer that because it's still too early." or "Because it's so early, I can't answer that question."

Thanks for the meeting Imperial Metals. The CEO was quoted as saying, "We don't know for sure that there were any toxins in the tailings pond." In other words, "We'll deny everything until it's proven. In the meantime our priority is to protect our shareholders."


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 05:21 AM

Here's some hard numbers (mind you, this was just went in last year. This mine has operated for 15 years) :

Mount Polley mine on-site disposal in 2013:
  • Arsenic (and its compounds): 406 tonnes
  • Lead (and its compounds) 177 tonnes
  • Nickel (and its compounds) 326 tonnes
  • Vanadium (except when in an alloy): 5,047 tonnes
  • Zinc (and its compounds): 2,169 tonnes
  • Cadmium (and its compounds): 6 tonnes
  • Cobalt (and its compounds): 475 tonnes
  • Phosphorus (total): 41,640 tonnes
  • Copper (and its compounds): 18,413 tonnes
  • Antimony (and its compounds) 14 tonnes
  • Manganese (and its compounds): 20,988 tonnes
  • Mercury (and its compounds): 3 tonnes
  • Selenium (and its compounds): 46 tonnes
These facts follow after the headline; "Mount Polley Mine tailings water 'very close' to drinking quality, company says"

Source here: http://www.cbc.ca/ne...-says-1.2727776

Edited by Likely Guy, 06 August 2014 - 05:24 AM.


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 05:44 AM

And more here: http://globalnews.ca...you-be-worried/


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 12:49 PM

How was this allowed to happen in this day and age?

Nice midterms democrats.  As Pelosi says, "Embrace the suck".

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 02:06 PM

View PostMerc14, on 06 August 2014 - 12:49 PM, said:

How was this allowed to happen in this day and age?
Not allowed, just everyone ignoring the problem for years until this happened :(





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