Published on Aug 4, 2014
As Reported by Global BC News:
Global News BC – Mount Polley Mines Dam Break
Residents and visitors on waterways near the Mount Polley Mine close to Likely, B.C. have been notified a complete water ban is in place following an overnight tailings pond breach.
The Ministry of Environment said the breach at Mount Polley Mine happened in the middle of the night. The ministry along with the Cariboo Regional District (CRD), RCMP, Central Cariboo Search and Rescue and emergency management crews are currently on-site investigating and assessing the possible environmental impact.
The water ban, which includes all recreational water activities, bathing, and drinking will be in place until further notice by the CRD. It extends to Quesnel Lake, Cariboo Creek, Hazeltine Creek, Polley Lake and the entire Quesnel and Cariboo River systems. In addition, the Horsefly Likely Forest Service Road has been washed out at Hazeltine Creek, but the Likely Bridge is not affected at this time.
Mount Polley Mine is an open pit copper and gold mine, which is operated by Imperial Metals Corporation. The dam that holds back the tailings pond is an earth-filled dam.
Read More: Residents calling it an environmental disaster: tailings pond breach at Mount Polley Mine near Likely, BC http://globalnews.ca/news/1490361/tailings-pond-breach-at-mount-polley-mine-near-likely-bc/