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T'exelc and Xatsull First Nations are disappointed that B.C. has allowed the Mount Polley mine to partly restart after a monumental breach of its tailing pond last summer.

T'exelc and Xatsull First Nations are disappointed that B.C. has allowed the Mount Polley mine to partly restart after a monumental breach of its tailing pond last summer. Millions of cubic metres of water and toxic metal waste poured into the Quesnel Lake watershed. Allowing Imperial Metals' gold and copper mine to reopen ignores First Nations concerns and puts other communities at risk, spokespeople told the Vancouver Sun. The mine will restart at half capacity. "I strongly feel they are not listening. We had a team of experts working on our behalf. They continually put forth our concerns, and I don't see any long-term plans (to address those concerns)," said T'exelc (Williams Lake) First Nation chief Ann Louie.

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Date:Aug 1, 2015
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