First Nations activists planning Mount Polley protest Thursday

By The Canadian Press
August 2, 2016 - 5:20am

WILLIAMS LAKE —   A First Nations group says they want the B-C government to know exactly how they feel about its decision to issue a new operating permit for an infamous mine in the province's Interior.

     Secwepemc activists are planning a protest at the site of the Mount Polley mine this Thursday to mark the two-year anniversary of a devastating tailings-pond breach that dumped millions of litres of waste into a nearby watershed.

     The Secwepemc Women's Warrior Society says little has been done by owners Imperial Metals and others to clean up after the spill.

     Last month, B-C's mines minister Bill Bennett approved the gold-and-copper mine to resume full operations, one year after it had received permission to begin restricted operations.

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