Company behind B.C. mine spill agrees to First Nations review of project
Members of the Secwepemc Women Warrior Society sing and beat drums while protesting against Imperial Metals outside of the Toronto Stock Exchange in Toronto's financial district on Thursday, August 7, 2014. (Darren Calabrese / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, August 26, 2014 5:31PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, August 26, 2014 10:27PM EDT
VANCOUVER -- A B.C. company behind a tailings spill earlier this month has signed an agreement with a First Nation to review the tailings facility in a separate project.
Imperial Metals expects to open its Red Chris gold and copper mine, located in northwestern B.C., later this year.
But the company has faced increased scrutiny after a tailings dam at its Mount Polley mine in central B.C. failed, releasing millions of cubic metres of waste water and silt into several lakes and rivers.
Imperial Metals says it has signed an agreement with the Tahltan Central Council that will see the company pay for an outside engineering firm, chosen by the band, to review the Red Chris tailings facility.
The company says it has agreed to respond to any issues identified by the review.
A group of Tahltan members known as the Klabona Keepers had started a blockade of the Red Chris site in response to the Mount Polley spill, but a spokeswoman for the group says the blockade has ended with the new agreement.