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Mining and Human Rights in BC: Mt Polley disaster

    The Mt Polley gold and copper mine is owned by Canadian company Imperial Metals and located near the community of Likely, British Columbia. On August 4th, 2014, the mine's tailings dam breached, spilling 24 million cubic metres of toxic slurry into tlocal waterways and ultimately into the pristine Quesnel Lake. The full extent of impacts and damages caused by this major breach are still being assessed more than two years later.

    Amnesty International travelled to Likely, BC in 2015 and 2016 to research the human rights impact of the breach. We met with First Nations, local residents and businesses, government officials, scientists, and the union that represents the mine's workers. The company did not respond to our request for a meeting.


    Take Action

    Sign the petition! SumOfUs has launched a petition calling on the Prime Minister to hold Imperial Metals to account for the Mt Polley disaster. 


    News

    Blog post: A Water Defender working to protect the lake she loves shares her thoughts on Quesnel Lake in the winter

    Amnesty op-ed in the Tyee: Where's the Will to Protect British Columbians' Rights After Resource Disasters? 

    Second anniversary of Mt Polley spill: Canadians Remember

    First anniversary of Mt Polley spill: One year anniversary of Mt Polley


    Research Mission

    July 23 Blog posting : Day 4 - Amnesty on the ground

    July 21 Blog posting : Day 1 - Amnesty on the ground 


    Recommended reading about the Mt Polley disaster and BC's mining sector:

    Government:

    Indigenous organizations:

    Non-governmental organizations: 

    Corporate:

    • Imperial Metals Mount Polley webpage

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