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Nauseating video of tailings pond dam rupture as billions of gallons of toxic waste flood into neighboring waterways in British Columbia, Canada.

Video: Watch 4 Billion Gallons of Mining Waste Pour Into Pristine B.C. Waterways


First Nations, environmentalists and just about everyone else are aghast at the severity of the toxic spill from a tailings pond.

On August 4 the tailings pond of the gold and copper open-pit Polley Mine, operated by Imperial Metals Corp., breached and sent billions of gallons of metals-laden silt and water into waterways awaiting the return of the salmon.

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The mess has only just begun to wreak its environmental havoc, with campgrounds evacuated, a local emergency declared and a fishing ban imposed, among other immediate effects. Long-term damage is not yet known, and Imperial officials say they have no idea why it happened.

But company president Brian Kynoch told CBC News that the tailings pond isn’t so bad and that he would even consider drinking it.

RELATED: Pour Him a Tall One! Mining Exec Insists He'd Drink Water From Tailings Pond

Imperial has been given a deadline for dealing with the situation, the Vancouver Sun reported in a story with extensive video as well.

The jarring footage below from flyovers would seem to belie that notion. The first one was posted by Global BCTV and the second, a half-hour long, is raw footage taken by the local government. 

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Michael Madrid's picture
Michael Madrid
Submitted by Michael Madrid on
What can be said. White man values money more than mother earth and father sun. This wraps it up perfectly! When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money. ~ Cree Prophecy

Grayhorse's picture
Submitted by Grayhorse on
How did this happen? This should have never happened. I want to see Brian Kynoch take a drink. It's sounds like he's trying to make everyone think it's ok. There shouldn't any Metals Laden silt put in the river, or any thing toxic.

Troy Way
Troy Way
Submitted by Troy Way on
Michael Madrid - This is disastrous, yes. But speak for yourself. This white man is busy saving the animals that would otherwise be culled on your reserves, so please, find room to fit both feet in mouth, thanks.

Michael Madrid's picture
Michael Madrid
Submitted by Michael Madrid on
To Troy Way: Perhaps I painted with too broad a brush for your liking. Certainly there are White men who care about the environment and NDNs who don't. Without generalizing too much, most Native people wouldn't sacrifice the environment to make a dollar. We were taught capitalism by your government and your churches.

Jenny Macintosh
Jenny Macintosh
Submitted by Jenny Macintosh on
This is corporate and political eco-terrorism.