The Environment Ministry says it’s hoping the public will help in the investigation into the Imperial Metals tailings pond breach in BC’s Cariboo region.
Environment Minister Mary Polak says she’s heard the public’s concerns about mining safety before the tailings pond disaster took place, and wants anyone who knows anything to come forward.
“They are interviewing people and they want to interview folks. We have been urging them in the community if they have information please come forward. If we can find that there were issues raised that were not brought forward, we have to address that directly.”
So, is there a chance the government missed anything?
Could this have been anticipated?
“That’s one of the things that we’re looking at very closely. The information around the level of inspection, and number of inspections is now out there and has been posted; we have looked at that. There doesn’t appear to be any decline in the rate of inspection for that mine.”
Environment Minister Mary Polak was speaking with CKNW’s Jill Bennett.