Wednesday, July 27, 2016
August 4th, 2014 the Mount Polley Mine had quite the disaster on their hands
Over 10 million cubic meters of contaminated mining water and over 4.5 million cubic meter of slurry ran out of the earthen tailing pond, into Hazeltine Creek, to Polley Lake and eventually into Quesnel Lake
Environmental Disaster of epic proportions.
What the long lasting impacts are, nobody really knows. The creeks and lakes effected will likely be monitored for years to gage what is happening. In 2013, the mining company documented their estimates of what the tailing ponds contained. Hundreds and hundreds of tons of nasty nasty stuff, directly into one what was described as one of the deepest, cleanest lakes in the world.
Did we mention that Quesnel Lake is important spawning habitat for a good portion of the Fraser River Sockeye run?
And what's now ironic?
The mine is now the sponsor of an upcoming fishing derby on Quesnel Lake
Weirdly, zero fines or charges were levied agains the mine because of the breach.
It's like rain on your wedding day, it's a free ride when you've already paid....