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Company Profiles A to Z – Sedar

The company claimed complete surprise over the situation.

“This is a gut-wrenching experience, I can assure you it is for me,” he responded. “I don’t know why it happened.”

It’s almost drinkable

“It’s very close to drinking water quality, the water in our tailings,” he said.

Kynoch insisted the water quality is good, even saying he would drink it.

Oh, yeah. Care to drink it?



Foreman warned of tailings pond disaster
Gerald MacBurney was a foreman at the Mount Polley Mine for 7 years and says he warned management of a disaster in the making

The B.C. Ministry of Environment says it warned Imperial Metals about the level of wastewater in the tailings pond at its Mount Polley mine repeatedly before this week’s devastating breach.

Firm that designed original Mount Polley tailings dam says it warned of growing size
LIKELY — The engineering firm that designed the tailings dam and storage facility at Imperial Metals Corp.’s Mount Polley mine said Friday that it warned the company and provincial officials that the structure was “getting large” and care needed to be taken to avoid problems.

Deregulation and staffing cutbacks to BC government regulators may be to blame to Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley tailings pond disaster.

“The government isn’t inspecting the mines, and the mining companies know it,” said Glenda Ferris, a longtime advocate for environmentally safe mining in British Columbia

The BC Ministry of Environment said it had issued five warnings to Imperial Metals recently

Why compliance was not enforced?

“You know, it’s all about money,” Xat’sull (Soda Creek) First Nation Chief Bev Sellars told the Vancouver Observer. She said the provincial government appeared to have let companies go on many violations and breaches in recent years. “The bottom line is, how much money can the mines make? How much money can they donate to political parties?”

Imperial Metals has contributed $167,550 to both the BC Liberals and the NDP since 2005 (mostly to the BC Liberals), according to Elections BC records

click here for contribution list

The government and corporate officials will deflect blame for this disaster. We saw that movie before: The Lac-Mégantic train disaster

They deflected criticism of government’s cost cutting and deregulation of the railway industry contributed to the disaster

We need to blame the government for deregulations – for relying on an industry to regulate itself.

Enough already with “De-regulation”

It doesn’t work! How many disasters we need to have before Canadian people demand for “REGULATIONS”?

Related topic:

Weasel words : “world-class safety”


Company Profiles A to Z – Sedar



What’s in Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley tailings? Should you be worried?


An initial ban advised all residents living around the Mount Polley mine area, near the town of Likely, to use only bottled water until further notice.

The advisory affected hundreds of people living around Quesnel Lake, Polley Lake, Hazeltine Creek and Cariboo Creek.

The ban has since been expanded to include anyone living along the Quesnel and Cariboo Rivers.

Authorities are asking people in the region to stop using water from both rivers.

People in Quesnel are also being asked to avoid using water from the Quesnel River.

Mount Polley mine spill: Christy Clark visits disaster zone

“First Nations and many Canadians continue to be concerned about the weakening of environmental standards and protection of waterways and fish habitats as a result of recent changes to legislation,” said Association of First Nations Alberta Regional Chief Cameron Alexis.