No charges will be laid under British Columbia’s environmental laws in relation to Imperial Metals Corporation’s Mount Polley tailings-dam breach August 4, 2014.
Imperial Metals Mining News
A hot and dry summer in British Columbia has set forests aflame, and last week the effects of Mother Nature were felt by two prominent BC mines.
Rapidly spreading wildfires in British Columbia disrupted operations at two mining companies and damaged public utilities on Monday as 14,000 people were forced from their homes in the interior of the Western Canadian province.
Imperial Metals (TSX:III) has been granted a water discharge permit from the B.C. government that will allow the company to flow treated mine wastewater from the Mount Polley mine into Quesnel Lake.
Imperial Metals applied for a permit to release water from Mount Polley tailings pond in 2009 – and still doesn’t have one.
Two years after the mine’s massive tailings pond collapse, the tarnished Golden Triangle environmental and economic fallout continues.
Recommendations regarding better site investigation procedures, and stricter adherence to tailings management procedures are obvious steps in the right direction.
It was one of the worst environmental disasters in Canadian history, and now, the company behind the 2014 Mount Polley mine tailings breach is looking to make somebody pay.
Research and monitoring to date indicates the environment is recovering rapidly. No long lasting impacts are anticipated at this time.
Imperial said the 44 recalled workers will focus on tailings dam construction.
Company has already told employees that the mine will shut down in August.
Low copper prices have forced the Vancouver-based firm to lay-off more than one-third of the workforce at its Huckleberry mine in northwestern British Columbia.
"Weak practices, however, do not constitute a legal contravention of existing mining legislation.
The volume of water behind the dam has been rising and concerns had been raised in recent weeks about what could happen as snow melts and its capacity is exceeded.
Until early November, the failure at the Canadian Mount Polley copper mine had been the worst such breach in recent years.
On 1st anniversary of North America’s worst mine waste disaster, failures shown to be global trend attributable to industry & regulatory failure to implement best practices.
He found his fortune in northwestern British Columbia.
Production is authorized at half the normal rate.
The B.C. government did not fail in its duty to proactively disclose concerns that had been raised over the Mount Polley tailings pond, the province's Information and Privacy Commissioner said Thursday.
British Columbia's energy minister said the official announcement may come "any time" now.
The committee will be chaired by the Chief Inspector of Mines and includes an equal number of representatives nominated by First Nations, mine labour unions and industry.
The Red Chris copper and gold mine in British Columbia has received a full operating permit from the provincial government.
Workers at the Mount Polley mine in central British Columbia could be back on the job as early as July 1st.
The loan will be used for the development of the company's Red Chris gold and copper mine in northwest British Columbia.
It also says it is still too early to determine long-term impacts on fish and drinking water.