Polley Mine Tailings Pond Breach Potentially Devastating for Salmon

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On the morning of Monday, August 4, 2014, the containment wall of a tailings pond at the Mount Polley mine ruptured spilling a vast amount of contaminated water into the river systems downstream from the mine. Unfortunately, this occurred just as thousands of sockeye and other species of salmon are making their way upstream to spawn. The immediate and long-term impacts of this environmental disaster as still unclear, but the extent of the spill is made obvious by the footage below from Global News.

There has been extensive media coverage of this spill, the potential causes and what it means for the environment. Watershed Watch Executive Director, Craig Orr, comments on what this means for salmon and the state of industry regulation in BC in the following articles:

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