August 7, 2014 3:36 pm

Salmon fishing banned on some rivers due to tailings pond breach

A aerial view shows the damage caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C. Tuesday, August, 5, 2014. The pond which stores toxic waste from the Mount Polley Mine had its dam break on Monday spilling its contents into the Hazeltine Creek causing a wide water-use ban in the area. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has banned salmon fishing in two rivers affected by the massive tailings pond breach at the Mount Polley Mine.

Effective immediately, salmon fishing is banned from the Cariboo River from the confluence of the Quesnel River to the confluence of Seller Creek; and the Quesnel River downstream of Poquette Creek.

A dam holding back the tailings pond at Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley Mine burst open on Monday, releasing 10 million cubic metres of water and 4.5 million cubic metres of potentially toxic silt into adjacent lakes, rivers and creeks.

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