Discussion of the issues that affect you on a local, provincial and federal level
Thursday, October 30, 2014
City of WL on Mt Polley Restart
Courtesy of the City of Williams Lake:
Meeting as Committee of the Whole on Oct. 28, Williams Lake City Council passed a recommendation to write a letter to the Premier and appropriate provincial ministers expressing the importance of Mt. Polley returning to full operations.
Mine manager Dale Reimer appeared as delegation before Committee of the Whole, and outlined current efforts underway in the wake of the Aug. 5 tailings pond breach. The mine must obtain a number of permits in order to repair the tailings dam and return to normal operations. Currently, approximately 360 employees are working on remediation efforts. For the most part, Mt. Polley employees live in Williams Lake and the surrounding area, and the mine uses local suppliers and contractors.
The City highlighted the importance of the mine to ministers at the recent Union of British Columbia Municipalities Convention, and remains in close contact with Imperial Metals, MLA Donna Barnett, and other stakeholders. Monthly meetings with mine officials are planned.
This recommendation will be referred to the Nov. 4 regular Council meeting for a final decision.