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Risk of breach in Manitoba 'remote': San Gold exec.

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A demonstrator protests against Imperial Metals outside of the Toronto Stock Exchange in Toronto�s financial district Thursday.

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darren calabrese / the canadian press A demonstrator protests against Imperial Metals outside of the Toronto Stock Exchange in Toronto�s financial district Thursday.

A TAILINGS pond breach like the one at a gold and copper mine in British Columbia is unlikely to happen here, an executive with a Manitoba gold mine says.

Gestur Kristjansson, president of the San Gold Corp., which owns the gold mine in Bissett, said while the tailings pond at Imperial Metals' Mount Polley copper/gold mine in B.C.'s Cariboo region was held back by a large earthen dam in a mountainous region, his mine's tailings pond relies on the "natural topography" of the Canadian shield area east of Lake Winnipeg.

"They (Imperial Metals' tailings pond dikes) are higher," Kristjansson said Thursday.

"We work with the province closely. I would view any breach as a very remote possibility."

Kristjansson was responding to a Facebook post by Court of Queen's Bench Justice Murray Sinclair in which the judge commented about the breach of Imperial Metals' tailings pond Monday.

-- Staff

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