Groundwater Contamination Threatens De Beers' Snap Lake With Closure

16/03/2015 08:55

De Beers Canada says some recommendations for how to tackle a total dissolved solids groundwater problem at its Snap Lake diamond mine could, if implemented, result in the mine closing down early — a move that would put 300 N.W.T. residents out of work. De Beers is asking the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board to nearly triple the highest allowed level of TDS in Snap Lake to 1,000 milligrams per litre.

"Snap Lake mine cannot continue to operate if a level of [total dissolved solids] is set that is not sustainable," said Glen Koropchuk, De Beers Canada's chief operating officer.