Report Finds Contamination and Monitoring Issues at Closed Babine Lake Mines
January 26, 2021, Terrace BC
A new report released today by researchers with SkeenaWild Conservation Trust in partnership with the Lake Babine Nation outlines major deficiencies in government regulations and monitoring, and impacts to the aquatic community of Babine Lake, related to two decommissioned metal mines. Babine Lake, situated in the Skeena River watershed, produces ~ 90% of Skeena sockeye salmon, and carries great significance to Lake Babine Nation. Bell and Granisle mines, which closed in 1992 and 1982, respectively, were both linked to negative aquatic impacts in the lake while they were operational. The report investigates monitoring related to these mines over more recent years.
The report demonstrates that current permits regulating discharges of mine-impacted water from the decommissioned mines are limited in extent and stringency. For example, permits allow high discharge concentrations of harmful contaminants, such as copper, which are known to negatively impact salmon at allowable concentrations.
Read the full report & watch video belowBerchtold-Price-2021_Ongoing-Legacy-of-Metal-Mines-on-Babine-Lake