August 9, 2016 8:24 pm

Mount Polley mine protesters arrested in Vancouver after “aggressive behaviour”

Contents from a tailings pond is pictured going down the Hazeltine Creek into Quesnel Lake near the town of Likely, B.C. on August, 5, 2014. It's been two years since millions of cubic metres of mine waste gushed from a tailings pond at the Mount Polley mine in British Columbia's Interior. The government says it has implemented tough new regulatory standards, while environmental groups say more protections are needed and residents just want their pristine lake back.


Police say four people have been arrested following a protest against the Mount Polley mine at its head office in Vancouver.

Vancouver Police Department spokesman Const. Brian Montague says officers were called in on Tuesday when protesters entered the Imperial Metals (TSX:III) office and allegedly began behaving aggressively towards staff.

Montague says four people were taken into custody for allegedly pushing and shoving people inside the office.

Another 15 to 20 people stayed outside of the building and continued what Montague calls a loud, but lawful demonstration.

The four arrested were all released without charge after protesters left the site.

The protesters say in a release that they were marking the second anniversary of a spill at the Mount Polley mine in the B.C.’s Interior, where a tailings pond collapsed, sending millions of cubic metres of waste into nearby waterways.

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