Residents call massive mine spill in British Columbia, Canada an environmental disaster

DISASTER

The Extinction Protocol

August 2014CANADA – The scale of the spill at the Mount Polley Mine is becoming clearer tonight.  Reporter John Daly has more on how authorities are responding to the tailings breach. Local residents are calling it an environmental disaster. A breach of the tailings pond on Mount Polley Mine sent five million cubic meters of toxic waste into Hazeltine Creek, Quesnel Lake and Polley Lake, with fears it could spread far and wide in the coming days. Residents in the area, along with visitors to waterways near the Mount Polley Mine close to Likely, B.C., have been issued a complete water ban. Affecting close to 300 homes, it extends to the entire Quesnel and Cariboo River systems up to the Fraser River, including Quesnel Lake, Cariboo Creek, Hazeltine Creek and Polley Lake. People in Quesnel are also being asked to avoid using water from the Quesnel River, and…

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