BC's Endako Mine Influencing Fish Development
Fish in BC's Francois River are suffering reduced liver and gonad size as a result of high levels of contaminants in the water. The contaminants, mostly metals such as aluminum, boron, cadmium, chromium, iron, etc. are sourced from the nearby Endako Mine. The ultimate impacts of the elevated levels of elements are not yet known.
A memorandum from the Ministry of the Environment states that it has not yet figured out the pathway of the contaminants, meaning they don't know if the fish are eating metal-infused food or if changes to the water composition are resulting in the physiological changes in the fish. The MOE is therefore trying to determine the source-pathway-receptor details, and will be re-evaluating the limits imposed on the mining project.
The Nadleh Whut'en first nation's Chief Martin Louie has taken a keen interest in the influence of the Endako Mine on the surrounding water, and continues to advocate for additional studies and efforts to protect the environment that they all rely on.