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Updated: Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:47:17 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Mount Polley mine tailings breach helicopter overflight



The Cariboo Regional District video shows vast amounts of sludge from the toxic release. Cariboo Regional District

The Cariboo Regional District video shows vast amounts of sludge from the toxic release. Cariboo Regional District

The Cariboo Regional District has released troubling video of what locals are already calling an environmental disaster following the release of five million cubic metres of effluent from a tailing pond at the Mount Polley gold and copper mine near Likely, B.C., on Monday. 

This YouTube video released by the CRD provides a sobering view of the extent of the damage.

Possible causes of the release are still under investigation.

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