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Human Rights at Mt Polley mine

    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 millions of cubic metres of toxic slurry into the environment. The full extent of impacts and damages caused by this major breach are still being assessed.

    This summer, Amnesty International travelled to Likely, BC to research the human rights impact of the breach. We had meetings 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.

    August 4 Blog posting : One year anniversary of Mt Polley

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

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

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    Further reading about Mt Polley (external sources):

    BC First Nations Energy and Mining Report - Uncertainty Upstream: Potential Threats from Tailings Facility Failures in Northern BC 

    Imperial Metals website

    Mt Polley Independent Expert Engineering Investigation Review and Final Report

    West Coast Environmental Law - Mining Report