Indigenous

Mount Polley spill: blockade ends, First Nation to oversee review of tailings pond

A B.C. company behind a tailings spill at Mount Polley mine earlier this month has signed an agreement with a First Nation to review the tailings facility in a separate project.

Imperial Metals agrees to let First Nations oversee review of tailings pond at new mine

A group of protesters calling themselves the Klabona Keepers have ended their blockade now that Imperial Metals have agreed to First Nations review of the tailing facility. (Klabona Keepers/Facebook)

A B.C. company behind a tailings spill earlier this month has signed an agreement with a First Nation to review the tailings facility in a separate project.

Imperial Metals expects to open its Red Chris gold and copper mine, located in northwestern B.C., later this year.

But the company has faced increased scrutiny after a tailings dam at its Mount Polley mine in central B.C. failed, releasing millions of cubic metres of waste water and silt into several lakes and rivers.
The Klabona Keepers began blockading the road to Imperial Metals' Red Chris mine site south of Iskut, B.C. on Aug. 8. (Klabona Keepers/Facebook)
Imperial Metals says it has signed an agreement with the Tahltan Central Council that will see the company pay for an outside engineering firm, chosen by the band, to review the Red Chris tailings facility.

The company says it has agreed to respond to any issues identified by the review.

A group of Tahltan members known as the Klabona Keepers had started a blockade of the Red Chris site in response to the Mount Polley spill, but a spokeswoman for the group says the blockade has ended with the new agreement

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