YES, I demand the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the B.C. Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Mines hold Imperial Metals accountable for the Mount Polley disaster.

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Your letter:
 
To: Jonathan Wilkinson 
Cc: Michelle Mungall, George Heyman, John Horgan 
  
Subject: Make Imperial Metals pay
 
Dear Minister Wilkinson,
 
In the early hours of August 4, 2014 a catastrophic failure of the tailings dam at the Mount Polley mine unleashed 25 billion litres of contaminated mine waste into sensitive salmon habitat.
 
Locals described a sound like a jet engine taking off. The wall of sludge swept into Polley Lake, scoured out Hazeltine Creek and dumped into Quesnel Lake, sending a plume of mine waste down the Quesnel and Fraser Rivers.
 
Nearly five years later, the company has recovered only a fraction of the spilled tailings, and faced no fines or penalties. With time running out to lay charges, I urge you to do everything in your power to hold Imperial Metals accountable for this disaster.
 
If any private citizen tampered with spawning salmon or dumped waste into a lake, they would face severe consequences. We cannot allow billionaires or giant mining companies to play by different rules. 
 
Thank you for your consideration of this matter.
 
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Imperial Metals: Make Them Pay

The Mount Polley tailings dam failure unleashed 25 billion litres of contaminated sludge — destroying a salmon stream, dumping mine waste into Quesnel Lake and sending a plume of toxic chemicals down the Fraser River. To this day, the company responsible has faced no charges, fines or penalties.

Instead, taxpayers subsidized a half-assed cleanup effort while Imperial Metals went back to full operation. If prosecutors don’t lay charges by August, the company will walk away from the biggest mining disaster in Canadian history without so much as a slap on the wrist.

We know Imperial Metals and its major shareholder, billionaire Murray Edwards, were major donors to premier Christy Clark. We know the BC Liberal government bent over backwards to give their corporate donors special treatment.

The question is, will today’s politicians do anything about it? Will they hold Imperial Metals accountable? Time is running out.

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