August 8, 2014 9:18 pm

WATCH: Tailings spill raises concerns about other Imperial Metals projects


Near Adams River, B.C. – The tailings pond breach at Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley Mine has the head of the Shuswap Environmental Action Society worried about another project Imperial Metals is involved with.

“We don’t trust this company now one iota with their ability to manage tailings ponds,” says society president Jim Cooperman.

Ruddock Creek Mining Corporation, a subsidiary of Imperial Metals, is hoping to operate an underground zinc-lead mine approximately 100 km north west of Revelstoke.

Cooperman is worried that Oliver Creek could be impacted if there was a breach at the proposed Ruddock Creek Mine.

“It could definitely damage the environment of that creek and the creek feeds into the Upper Adams River,” says Cooperman.

In documents submitted to the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office Ruddock Creek Mining Corporation says its tailings management approach is based on best available current information.

We reached out to Imperial Metals for comment on this story.

Through a PR representative the company said its spokespeople were in meetings and not able to comment by our broadcast deadline.

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