Wild Border Watersheds

On the Scene at Blockade of Mount Polley’s Sister Mine Red Chris (The Tyee)

TATOGGA LAKE -- The ongoing blockade of Red Chris mine in Iskut, B.C., was planned last Thursday at a twilight meeting of the Kablona Keepers -- a group of Tahltan elders and families who live in the area, near the headwaters of the Stikine, Nass and Skeena rivers.

By meeting's end, a decision had been reached to try and halt operations at Red Chris by cutting off the operation's supply corridors.

The recent tailings pond breach at another Imperial Metals operated mine, Mount Polley, had been the last straw for the Tahltan, who feared a similar disaster might strike their territory. Red Chris is a $500-million gold and copper mine on the Tahltan's traditional territory that produces toxic tailing stored in a constructed pond much like the one that disastrously collapsed a week ago near Likely, B.C.

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