Mount Polley mine's tailings dam spill appears to be far larger than initially estimated, according to new satellite imagery analysis and revelations by Imperial Metals.
Imperial Metals has raised estimates for water, tailings and other debris spilled from its failed tailings dam at Mount Polley Mine by some 10 million cubic metres.
The dangerous combination of lower-grade mines producing more tailings, stored in bigger "ponds", and a lack of regulation means Canada faces more disaster like Mount Polley, David Suzuki warns.
An advisory from Interior Health yesterday raises fresh questions about the quality of drinking water from Quensnel Lake following the Mount Polley tailings dam breach.
CFAX 1070's Ian Jessop interviews Damien Gillis on the Mount Polley mine disaster and consequences of the BC Liberals' de-regulation policy on the environment and economy.
"There are too many questions unanswered, too many allegations of government and company ignoring concerns. The only way to resolve this is a full judicial inquiry where people testify under oath."
By shirking government accountability, new Mount Polley inquiries miss the point, says Rafe Mair. "Minister Bennett ought to have instantly resigned."
Independent biologist Alexandra Morton has documented the appearance of a mysterious blue film on the water surface of Quesnel Lake and the Quesnel River.
Is there something in the air in Likely, BC? Anecdotal reports of illness from people close to the Mount Polley tailings dam breach have biologists and local First Nations urging a study of airborne contaminants.
Mount Polley shows the risk to salmon from 3 major BC mine proposals near Alaska - KSM, Red Chris and Tulsequah Chief. The largest, KSM, is under federal review, with 1 week remaining for public comment.