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Posted Tue Nov 5 2013: from Huffington Post:
Hinton Coal Mine Leak: Alberta Pit Failure Dumps Plume Of Refuse Into Athabasca River
The "major failure" of a pit at an Alberta coal mine has released one billion litres of contaminated water into the Athabasca River. The breach at the Obed Mountain Coal Mine has resulted in murky water entering two tributaries, which carried the refuse into the Athabasca and is now visible in the river in the form of a muddy plume, states the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER.)... "It's our understanding that the water has entered two tributaries in the Athabasca River." The pit, which is located approximately 30 kilometres east of Hinton, failed during Halloween, stated the AER. These kinds of incidents are rare, Barter told the Edmonton Journal, adding he was surprised it happened.
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'Doc Michael says:
A billion litres here, a billion litres there, pretty soon it adds up to real contamination.

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