Protesters gathered outside the B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver Wednesday afternoon, opposing attempts to re-open the Mount Polley mine.
That’s where a tailings pond ruptured last summer near Williams Lake and spilled millions of cubic meters of waste water into local waterways.
Banners and signs took issue with the mine owner, Imperial Metals.
“I think they would deserve a second chance if it was truly an accident, but it wasn’t,” said one demonstrator.
Said another: “They need to deal with their mess, and we need to show the world that this is not gonna be the precedent.”
The rally is part of an international day of action, with other demonstrations in Portland, Winnipeg, Montreal and Toronto.
Organizers brought what was said to be a sample of the water from Hazeltine Creek to highlight the damage.