Re: Stay of proceedings on Mining Watch Canada’s private prosecution on Mount Polley mining disaster.
Not only has there been a shameful failure of legal accountability here, but the government of British Columbia is setting up a new tailings pond disaster for Kamloops by failing to abide by a key recommendation of the engineering panel it convened to examine the Mount Polley Mine disaster.
Current plans for the proposed gigantic KGHM Ajax mine in the hills above Kamloops include a tailings pond which is projected to be up to five times larger than Mount Polley.
This completely ignores the engineering report, which says on p. 120:
“9. Where do we go from here?
“Improving technology to ensure against failures requires eliminating water both on and in the tailings: water on the surface, and water contained in the interparticle voids. Only this can provide the kind of failsafe redundancy that prevents releases no matter what.”
The Ajax tailings pond would be a threat to the city in perpetuity, long after the Polish mining company and current provincial politicians are gone from the scene.
Many Kamloops residents now support SSN, local First Nations who have claimed title to the mine property and in their wisdom are opposed to the approval of Ajax.