An environmental group from Alaska is raising concerns over acid mine drainage at a northern BC mine.
Rivers Without Borders says the acid mine drainage from the Tulsequah Chief Mine is endangering the Taku River, an important transboundary watershed.
Chieftain Metals owns the shuttered mine, and was ordered to conduct an environmental study when they shutdown the mine’s water treatment plant.
Chris Zimmer is with Rivers Without Borders, and says Chieftain Metals’ study is fundamentally flawed.
The group is concerned that the province is backtracking on promises to clean up the site when Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett toured Alaska and the site last summer.
Zimmer says Alaskans are concerned that if a small mine like the Tulsequah Chief is leading to so many problems, larger projects that impact transboundary rivers like the proposed KSM project near Stewart will be even worse.