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Stay Out of the Water: Toxic Tailings Ponds and Threats to Wildlife

July 23, 2013

Wild Lands Advocate article, April/May 2013, by Carolyn Campbell. High profile tailings pond incidents continue to occur despite discussions to improve tailings pond practices by industry and government. More research is required to develop effective monitoring programs for potentially impacted wildlife as well as understand the long term environmental effects of tailings ponds.

“Despite concerns of growing risks to wildlife and downstream communities from ponds leaking into ground and surface waters and the risks to wildlife from the expanding open water areas, government regulators did not insist that these toxic water sites should be promptly phased out; instead, more mining operations with their associated tailings ponds were approved.”

With rare exception cattle ranchers have been the best of guardians of the land entrusted to them. May we continue to be conscientious caretakers of this precious resource and hand it on to another generation unspoiled.
- Gerald Brewin, Rancher in the Taber area 1929 - 2016
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