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Part Three: Mount Polley Disaster Can Repeat Itself If We Don’t Learn Its Lessons

Written by: Chris Hunt


Photo via tu.org

Mining can be a dirty business, as we saw earlier this month when the dam holding back toxic tailings from the Mount Polley Mine in British Columbia broke, sending 1.3 billion gallons of contaminated water into Hazeltine Creek and the headwaters of the fabled. . .

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The Next Indiana Jones…wearing Orvis!


Written by: Daryl Kenny

Future Archaelogist Simon P. Sherman III looking good in the Yucatan
Photo by Simon P. Sherman, Jr.

Recently we received the above image of twenty-year-old Simon Paul Sherman III, working hard in the heart of the beautiful Yucatan Peninsula. The picture was sent in by his proud Dad, Simon P. Sherman, Jr., who reported: “An Archaeology/Anthropology student at Millsaps College, Simon is experiencing first-hand the aspects that make up an exploration…

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Part II: BC Mine Disaster Proves Need for More Review of New Mines

Written by: Mark Kaelke


The Taku River, southeast Alaska’s greatest sockeye salmon stream, runs at the base of Taku Glacier southeast of Juneau.
Photo courtesy TU

Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series running on the Trout Unlimited blog about how the Mount Polley Mine dam disaster could have devastating impacts on salmon in Alaska if proposed mines are allowed to be constructed in important salmon watersheds. You can read the. . .

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Part One: BC Mine Dam Failure Shows Why Pebble is a Disaster in Waiting

Written by: Zach Cockrum


The level of devastation from breach of the Mount Polley gold and copper mine tailings pond is staggering.
Photo courtesy of Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre

One of the most frequent claims of promoters of the proposed Pebble Mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska, is that modern technology means the failures of “tailings ponds” is highly unlikely.  However, just this week, an earthen dam at the. . .

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