‘This is devastation’: Toxic British Columbia mine spill compared to Exxon Valdez disaster

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    Aug 07, 2014 5:53 AM GMT
    ‘This is devastation’: Toxic British Columbia mine spill compared to Exxon Valdez disaster






    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/08/06/this-is-devastation-toxic-british-columbia-mine-spill-compared-to-exxon-valdez-disaster/



    Big mine dam rupture: ‘British Columbia’s Exxon Valdez’
    http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics/2014/08/06/big-mine-dam-rupture-british-columbias-exxon-valdez/
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    Aug 07, 2014 5:57 AM GMT
    “I apologize for what happened,” company president Brian Kynoch was quoted as saying. “If you had asked me two weeks ago if that could happen, I would have said it couldn’t happen. So I know that for our company, it’s going to take a long time to earn the community’s trust back.”
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    Aug 07, 2014 7:32 AM GMT
    The piece doesn't explain why the silt is toxic. Does it contain tar?
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    Aug 07, 2014 3:03 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidThe piece doesn't explain why the silt is toxic. Does it contain tar?


    Courtesy of CBC:

    'Last year, Imperial Metals Corp. reported that tailings from its Mount Polley copper-gold mine contained thousands of tonnes of copper, zinc, phosphorus and managanese along with:

    138 tonnes of cobalt.
    71 tonnes of nickel.
    3.6 tonnes of antimony.
    84,831 kilograms of arsenic.
    38,218 kilograms of lead.
    8,695 kilograms of selenium.
    562 kilograms of mercury.
    995 kilograms of cadmium.'

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    Aug 07, 2014 3:08 PM GMT
    Our Right wing Provincial gov't calls itself Liberal ( some years back when the Liberal Party in BC was created, the ousted Right Wing Party politicians crossed the floor and took it over)removed what they called 'over 150 needless regulations that hampered business and profit'. Nice going, dumbasses.
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    Aug 07, 2014 7:20 PM GMT
    meninlove said
    Ex_Mil8 saidThe piece doesn't explain why the silt is toxic. Does it contain tar?


    Courtesy of CBC:

    'Last year, Imperial Metals Corp. reported that tailings from its Mount Polley copper-gold mine contained thousands of tonnes of copper, zinc, phosphorus and managanese along with:

    138 tonnes of cobalt.
    71 tonnes of nickel.
    3.6 tonnes of antimony.
    84,831 kilograms of arsenic.
    38,218 kilograms of lead.
    8,695 kilograms of selenium.
    562 kilograms of mercury.
    995 kilograms of cadmium.'



    Hmm, quite toxic then.
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    Aug 07, 2014 10:16 PM GMT
    metta8 said“I apologize for what happened,” company president Brian Kynoch was quoted as saying. “If you had asked me two weeks ago if that could happen, I would have said it couldn’t happen. ...”
    Titanic, anyone?
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    Aug 15, 2014 5:46 AM GMT
    First Nation Will Evict Mining Company After Massive Spill Contaminated Area Water


    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/08/14/3471118/first-nation-evict-mining-company/
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    Sep 04, 2014 8:36 PM GMT
    Massive Canadian Mining Waste Spill Was Nearly 70 Percent Larger Than Previous Estimates

    A tailings pond from the open-pit Mount Polley copper and gold mine in British Columbia breached in early August, sending what the B.C. government originally estimated as five million cubic meters (1.3 billion gallons) of mining waste slurry into nearby Hazeltine Creek. Now, mining company Imperial Metals estimates the spill at 10.6 million cubic meters (2.8 billion gallons) of water, 7.3 million cubic meters (1.9 billion gallons) of tailings and 6.5 million cubic meters (1.7 billion gallons) of interstitial water, or the water that sits between the spaces of the ground-up rock in the tailings pond.

    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/09/04/3478981/canadian-mining-waste-spill-70-percent-larger/