Mount Polley mine disaster 5 years later; emotions, accountability unresolved

People are swimming and fishing in Quesnel Lake five years after the largest environmental mining disaster in Canadian history, but residents of Likely, B.C., are still struggling with unresolved emotions about what happened and who will be held accountable for the dam collapse at the Mount Polley mine.

Mount Polley engineers headed for disciplinary hearings

Engineers and Geoscientists B.C. is alleging negligence or unprofessional conduct by three engineers involved in the 2014 tailings pond disaster at the gold and copper mine.

Advocacy group continues to pursue action against Mount Polley mining company

MiningWatch Canada is in provincial court in Williams Lake, B.C., today saying the province and the Mount Polley Mining Corp. violated the Fisheries Act when a tailings pond collapsed in August 2014.

Mount Polley could happen again, Sierra Club report claims

Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett says B.C. is a world leader in tailings pond safety because of the Mount Polley disaster, but the Sierra Club says the revised regulations still allow too much self-regulation.

Mount Polley mine disaster hits 2-year mark, fallout still causes divisions

On Aug. 4, 2014, 24 million cubic metres of mine waste and water gushed into lakes and rivers near Likely, B.C. from an open pit copper mine. A local official says the community still hasn't healed from the damage of that day.

B.C. mining code strengthened to prevent disasters like Mount Polley

Changes to B.C.'s mining code will prevent another disaster like the Mount Polley tailings pond collapse, British Columbia's Mines Minister Bill Bennett is promising.

B.C. on the hook for up to $508M for cleanup of contaminated sites

B.C.'s liability for cleaning up contamination left on Crown land by companies that may not have the money to deal with spills on their own has jumped to more than half a billion dollars — with many of those sites containing mine waste.

Mount Polley: Mines minister accepts scathing report but won't resign

“Did we have all the resources in place over the last 15 years that we should have? No, the auditor general is correct. There was a period of time that we needed to have more inspectors.”

Mines minister welcomes new tailings pond recommendations

The latest report looking into the Mount Polley disaster is out. We heard from B.C.'s Minister of Mines about the findings and what they could mean for other mining projects not yet built.

Mines minister welcomes new tailings pond recommendations

Mines minister Bill Bennett thinks Ajax will benefit from new tailings pond recommendations

Mayor calls Mount Polley permit early Christmas present for Cariboo miners

The British Columbia government has approved a permit allowing water discharge from a mine that was the centre of an environmental disaster, and the decision has drawn cheers from the area's mayor.

Williams Lake mayor wants Mt. Polley mine running again ASAP

Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb says the Mt. Polley mine should be given a permit to discharge water from a tailings pond because jobs are in jeopardy.

Ramping up from diaster - workers at Mt. Polley are called back

The Mount Polley Mine is gearing up for 24/7 production even though they don't have provincial approval to operate at full capacity.

B.C. Mine's Minister Bill Bennett responds to Alaskan criticism

‘We are accountable and we have risk to our own environment in B.C.,’ minister says

B.C. mines minister hoping to soothe Alaskans' concerns after Mount Polley spill

British Columbia's mines minister says he's aiming to ease Alaska residents' fears that their region could be harmed by a disaster similar to the Mount Polley accident in the province's interior.

Mount Polley collapse 1-year anniversary: Mines Minister says industry still horrified

British Columbia's mines minister says the mining industry remains horrified a year after a tailings pond collapsed at the Mount Polley mine northeast of Williams Lake.

Mount Polley mine gets restricted OK to reopen

The B.C. government has issued a conditional permit allowing the Mount Polley mine to reopen with restrictions.

Mount Polley mine spill report released by B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner

B.C.'s Information and Privacy Commissioner released a report this morning on how the government handled information about the Mount Polley Mine disaster last summer.

Mount Polley could reopen in July: mines minister

Less than a year after the Mount Polley tailings pond collapsed, spilling toxic waste water in central B.C. waterways, the mine could reopen as early as July, says B.C. Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett.

Cariboo Regional District supports reopening of Mount Polley

CRD chair Al Richmond says an operational mine is needed for the local economy

Red Chris Mine gets green light from B.C. government

B.C. Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett announced Friday that the Red Chris Mine, owned by Imperial Metals, will soon be in full production, despite environmental concerns.

Tailings pond release north of Thunder Bay raises concerns

Nearby First Nation and environmental groups in Thunder Bay are concerned about the controlled release of contaminated water from the Lac Des Iles palladium mine.

Mount Polley spill shows increase in temperature, sediment levels: UNBC report

A study on the impacts of a tailings pond spill at the Mount Polley mine last summer shows a number of changes to the Quesnel Lake ecosystem, but researchers say it's still too early to determine the long term impacts on fish and drinking water.

Mount Polley spill leads to new rules for tailing ponds

The disastrous collapse of the Mount Polley mine tailings pond in B.C.'s Interior last year has spurred changes to provincial environmental requirements for new mines with similar dams.

Red Chris tailings pond 'totally different' from Mount Polley: Bill Bennett

B.C.'s Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett said he's confident the tailings pond at the proposed Red Chris mine won't suffer the same fate as the one at the Mount Polley mine.