The provincial government says taxpayers will not be on the hook for cleaning up the tailings pond disaster in Likely, B.C.
“The company’s going to have to pay for the cleanup.”
Mines Minister Bill Bennett says provincial and regional crews are on the ground, but it’s Imperial Metals’ responsibility to deal with the millions of cubic metres of water and debris that has contaminated surrounding lakes and rivers.
The company’s stock fell more than 40% yesterday.
As for claims of cutbacks, Bennett says tailings ponds in B.C. are inspected no less than they were five years ago.