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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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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