By: Chris Gareau – Smithers Interior News, Aug 8, 2014
The Klabona Keepers of the Tahltan Nation have set up a blockade of the Red Chris copper/gold mine property in response to the Mount Polley disaster.
Red Chris is owned by Imperial Metals, the same company who operates the Mount Polley Mine. Last Monday, a tailings dam failed, spilling billions of litres of waste water and silt into creeks, lakes and rivers in the Cariboo region.
The Red Chris copper/gold mine is located 80 kilometres south of Dease Lake.
A press release from the Klabona Keepers said the blockade would start at 1 p.m. today. Spokesperson Rhoda Quock was not immediately available for comment.
Imperial Metals is the sole owner of the Red Chris mine. They also have a 50 per cent stake in the Huckleberry Mine.
According to their website, the Klabona Keepers is an organization of Tahltan elders and families who live and use traditional lands in the Iskut area.
Imperial Metals vice president of corporate development Steve Robertson told The Interior News in June that he expected the mine to reach the commercial production stage in October or November.