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Countdown to Disaster: The Obed Mine Spill

September 1, 2017

Wildlands Advocate Article by Nick Pink, AWA Conservation Specialist

Four years ago a Halloween horror was delivered to Alberta’s environment. Halloween was the day in 2013 of the Obed Mountain Mine coal tailings spill. That spill released 670,000 cubic metres of water and toxic tailings into the Athabasca River via two tributaries: Apetowun and Plante Creeks. The spill, despite receiving little media attention, is considered one of the most damaging environmental disasters in Alberta history. Full PDF of article here

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- Clayton Lamb, January 2018
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