Dam Burst Won’t Delay Start of New Mine, Imperial Says (Bloomberg)
Imperial Metals Corp. (III), the owner of a British Columbia mine where a burst dam unleashed a torrent of mine waste last week, said it doesn’t see any sign that the accident will delay the startup of another mine it’s developing in the province.
Imperial is trying to stem the leak from a pond at its Mount Polley mine after the Aug. 4 spill that released an estimated 10 million cubic meters (2.64 billion gallons) of water and 4.5 million cubic meters of ground-up rock. British Columbia investigators are working with the company to find the cause of the breach, while local residents still can’t drink or bathe in water from the area, pending further tests.
The accident, the worst of its kind in Canada in at least two decades, may lead to more regulatory scrutiny of mines like Mount Polley, where waste is dumped into a lake or pond. British Columbia’s Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett said last week that the spill will spur government across the country to re-examine mining policies.
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