Guest blog from the BC Mining Law Reform Network, of which Amnesty International Canada is a member
7 years ago:
On August 4th, 2014, the tailings dam burst at Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley Mine, releasing a catastrophic 24 billion litres of toxic mine waste and contaminated water into Polley Lake, Hazeltine Creek and Quesnel Lake. It is the worst environmental mining disaster in Canadian history.
By August 8, most of the sludge in the four-square-kilometre (1.5 square mile) sized tailings pond had drained out having ripped out thousands of trees and carried arsenic, lead and debris into adjacent waterways.