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No Reason to Celebrate One Year After Mount Polley Mine Disaster


No Reason to Celebrate One Year After Mount Polley Mine Disaster

Ana Simeon, Ugo Lapointe

On August 4 last year, Quesnel Lake residents and communities along the Fraser River were eagerly anticipating one of the largest sockeye returns in recent history.

What they got instead was a nightmare: over 24 billion litres of mine waste burst through Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley dam into their watershed.

Mount Polley is the largest mining waste spill in Canada’s history. The consequences and overall costs of this disaster concern us all, including a steep cost on the industry’s reputation and public trust.


What have they done to the Earth?

What have they done to our fair sister…

Jim Morrison got it. He understood all this 45 years ago.


it hard to imagine but for some 20000 years that wilderness was inhabited by peoples who barely left a mark upon her. Now even in the most remote areas there are cutlines and pipelines and and tailings ponds and mines and drilling rigs and natural gas pumping stations all of this done in less than a century.

Now with Global warming we accelerate towards a time where life itself will become unbearable all in the name of what is called “progress” for the sake of profit.

Aurora borealis
The icy sky at night
Paddles cut the water
In a long and hurried flight
From the white man
to the fields of green
And the homeland
we’ve never seen.

(Neil Young)