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British Columbia’s Copper Mining Disaster of 2014 at Mt. Polley, with Partial Timeline

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  • Part 1: British Columbia’s Copper Mining Disaster of 2014 at Mt. Polley
    • “ALL tailings "ponds" are problems."
  • Part 2: A Partial Timeline of the Aftermath of the Mount Polley disaster
    • Read this and weep – and then go to the streets!

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: British Columbia’s Copper Mining Disaster of 2014 at Mt. Polley

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The birds-eye view of the mouth of Hazeltine Creek (now 120-150 feet wide) as it enters into Quesnel Lake, the previously deepest, purest lake in British Columbia and a famous trout and salmon fishery that was irretrevably damaged on August 5, 2014, when 24,000,000 cubic meters of toxic sludge breached the upstream Mt Polley mine’s tailings dam and exploded downstream. The tan material in the photo represents millions of floating dead trees that were swept away in the massive flood.

  • Northern Minnesota’s Equally Flawed PolyMet Tailings Lagoon and the Lethal Risks to the St Louis River Watershed (and Lake Superior)
  • ”Environment Canada reported that the metallic contaminants that had been dumped in the Mt Polley tailings pond included these hazardous metals: Lead, Arsenic, Nickel, Zinc, Cadmium, Vanadium, Antimony, Manganese and Mercury.” 
  • “ALL tailings "ponds" are problems. If they don't breach and spill massive amounts of toxic sludge into the environment like at Mount Polley, they leach that contamination slowly, poisoning the waters and lands around them.” 

Gary Kohls, Duty to Warn

1-31-17 | Last year, the Duluth News-Tribune published a Local News article with the title “EPA signals its support for final PolyMet review”.
 
The article ended with what I regard as an intentionally deceptive and woefully insufficient sentence from the DNT journalist: “Critics say the project is likely to taint downstream waters with acidic runoff.”

Gary Kohls writes a weekly column, Duty to Warn,  for the Duluth Reader, the area’s alternative newsweekly magazine. His columns deal with the dangers of American fascism, corporatism, militarism, racism, malnutrition, Big Pharma’s psychiatric drugging and over-vaccination regimens, and other movements that threaten the environment, prosperity, democracy, civility and the health and longevity of the populace.

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Part 2: A Partial Timeline of the Aftermath of the Mount Polley disaster

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Read this and weep – and then go to the streets!

Gary Kohls, Duty to Warn

Feb 11, 2018 | Before reading the timeline of the aftermath of the Mt Polley disaster, please go to the following site where there are a number of photos of the consequences of the breach of the lagoon dam (which was 130 feet tall) when a portion of it dissolved and failed.
 
The remains of the state-of-the-art tailings ”pond” at Mount Polley still holds 80% of the original toxic waste from the massive, adjacent open pit copper mine. “Only” 24 million cubic meters of the sludge (only 20%) was discharged over the few hours of the dam failure.
 
Gary Kohls writes a weekly column, Duty to Warn,  for the Duluth Reader, the area’s alternative newsweekly magazine. His columns deal with the dangers of American fascism, corporatism, militarism, racism, malnutrition, Big Pharma’s psychiatric drugging and over-vaccination regimens, and other movements that threaten the environment, prosperity, democracy, civility and the health and longevity of the populace.

Full story …

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