First Nations threaten action over mine spill

Global News

VANCOUVER – A First Nations band is threatening legal action against a mining company and the B.C. government over a taillings spill in the southern Interior.

The Lower Similkameen Indian Band says it is considering seeking an injunction to stop work at the Copper Mountain Mine near Princeton, B.C., until a third-party investigation can be conducted into the spill and clean-up.

A discharge box plugged and overflowed on Dec. 10, spilling 500 tonnes of mine slurry into a treed ravine and into Wolf Creek, which flows into the Similkameen River.

Chief Keith Crow says the river is the “lifeblood” of his band and he’s concerned about long-term effects on the water his community uses for drinking, fishing and farming.

Interior Health issued a do-not-use water advisory that was lifted for most of the area on Tuesday when the water was deemed safe.

Copper Mountain president and CEO Jim O’Rourke says…

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