Quote:"This is one of the greatest environmental disasters we've had on the Fraser," Orr said. "Some of the effluent will be getting in the Fraser. The big question is how concentrated, how harmful it will be. Some of these compounds have short term impacts and some have much longer term impacts."
While the Quesnel Lake stocks are among the Fraser's most abundant, Orr is particularly concerned that other much weaker stocks that spawn in other tributaries of the Fraser could be harmed.
"People have to be concerned about not just what it means for the returning fish but for the juveniles rearing in the lake right now," he said. "We don't know if it's going to accumulate in their bodies or potentially affect their olfactions, their ability to find their home waters."
Resident fish at risk include threatened bull trout and plentiful rainbow trout.
Quote:Imperial Metals president Bryan Kynoch described the effluent as "relatively benign."
He told a news conference Tuesday the effluent nearly meets drinking water standards and the main threat to fish is from the silt, which he said is settling rapidly.
Where are the water quality reports/measurements that would allow Bryan Kynoch to make these statements?
What with the forest fires and flooding in B.C., now this, I might have to scratch B.C. off my list of places to retire .