By Rep. Dan Ortiz
Representing Ketchikan and Wrangell 

Letter to the Editor

B.C. needs to do more to protect transboundary rivers from mining


September 2, 2021

This August marked the seventh anniversary of the Mount Polley mine disaster. Mount Polley, located in British Columbia, is a large open-pit mine and its tailings dam collapsed, bringing significant negative impacts on the Quesnel Lake and Frasier River ecosystems, as well as local communities and cultures.

Since that time, no significant regulatory or legal changes have been made in British Columbia to address the risks of large-scale mines.

Although we do not have jurisdiction in B.C., we are impacted by their mining policies and their current lack of sufficient oversight of their mining...

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