Stream keepers call for inquiry into Mt. Polley disaster

Alouette River Management Society says government was warned about tailings pond

  • Aug. 8, 2014 5:00 p.m.

One of Maple Ridge’s two stream stewardship groups is lending its voice to the chorus of criticism following the Aug. 5 tailings pond spill at Mount Polley Mine near Quesnel.

Alouette River Management Association says it’s “extremely shocked and dismayed at the massive environmental disaster unfolding.”

The group sent an open letter to the premier and three ministers saying the consequences for fish and wildlife look dire after 10 million cubic metres of tailing pond water burst a dam wall and poured into nearby creeks.

The group points out that the waterways connect with the Fraser River which is expecting 23 million sockeye this year, and with an estimated 2.3 million alone returning to the Quesnel Lake system.

The letter says the disaster didn’t have to happen.

Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett had been warned about the danger. The letter adds the public is losing its faith in the government in being able to protect the environment.

The group wants several things to happen such as: calling a public inquiry, reassessing decision making on location of tailing ponds and evaluating how dams are monitored and maintained.

ARMS executive-director  Greta Borick-Cunningham, president and former Liberal MLA Ken Stewart and past ARMS president Geoff Clayton signed the letter.

 

Just Posted

Man stuck on trail in Golden Ears park

Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue reach him at 1:30 a.m.

Maple Ridge dancer lands role in Bard on the Beach

William Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well runs until August 11

PHOTOS: Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors goes to the circus

Bard on the Bandstand 2019 kicks off July 18

Family practice opens doors for youth wellness services during Foundry renovations

Youth Wellness Centre services being offered at Golden Ears Family Practice

PHOTOS: Bees and Blueberries Festival in Pitt Meadows

More fun on Sunday at free family event

‘Bad choices make good stories’: Margaret Trudeau brings her show to Just for Laughs

Trudeau says over the decades she has been suicidal, manic, depressed

Search continues for missing elderly woman in Chilliwack

RCMP, Chilliwack Search and Rescue and community members combing area for Grace Baranyk

Health Canada revokes licences of B.C.-based pot producer Agrima Botanicals

The agency said it notified the company of a suspension in November due to non-compliance with regulations

Deals, protests during Amazon Prime Day

The Seattle-based e-commerce behemoth says it is offering more than a million deals

VIDEO: Hiker airlifted from Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park Sunday

Park east of Chilliwack popular with tourist and B.C. residents who walk up to the falls

Canadian national softball team wins second straight Canada Cup

Team Canada defeats Texas-based Scrapyard International in gold-medal game Sunday in Surrey

June sees drop in home sales, prices for real estate across B.C.: report

Sales dropped by 11.8%, while prices fell by 4%

Video captures driver narrowly avoiding hitting Granfondo cyclists in Okanagan

“I’m just glad that everything aligned enough and no one got hurt,” said Shaun Siebert

Most Read