Let us tell you a little about Quesnel Lake! Friendly helpful neighbours, lovely communities, an abundance of wildlife; Home to BC’s largest Gerard rainbow trout, salmon live in the shallow bays for 2 years until they are big enough to take on the Fraser River!
Quesnel Lake is unique, It’s a paradise! A paradise for all British Columbians.
We were devastated on the morning of August 4, 2014, when the dam at the Mount Polley Mine site failed and released billions of litres of mine waste water into Quesnel Lake. Canada’s largest environmental mining catastrophe.
Despair turned to anger for us and many of our friends and neighbours, when the B.C. Government allowed the mine to resume full operations, and in April 2017, issued a permit to build a pipeline to discharge mine waste water directly into the lake, allowing the ongoing pollution of Quesnel Lake.
We filed an appeal of the pipeline permit with BC Environmental Appeal Board and a hearing was set for Monday, May 13th. However, we were forced once again to delay our appeal because Mount Polley Mine submitted additional applications for changes to its permits. This means we now need to wait until the Ministry of Environment decides on the changes. It also means thousands of additional dollars for us, ordinary citizens, to continue with the appeal.
Nearly five years after this massive failure, we are concerned about the lack of proper law enforcement.
Our concern grows with the suspension of mine operations later this month. It leaves us with more uncertainties for the future.
We want to stop pollution to Quesnel Lake, and we want to make sure a bad precedent is not set for other mines to dump their untreated waste water into any lake.
- Olivier Desharnais-Roy
- Anne Raine
- Gillian Anderson
- Philip Thatcher
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