“Definitely we need more; this is basically just getting us back to where we were.”
Residents in the Quesnel region whose livelihoods were threatened after the Mount Polley tailings pond disaster are welcoming more mine inspections, but say its only part of the problem.
Premier Christy Clark says her government will hike the budget this year for BC’s Ministry of Energy and Mines by nearly $10 million dollars in an effort to improve safety and efficiency.
Doug Gook, a third generation logger in Quesnel, says mining companies need to take more responsibility.
“Of course the public needs to support the necessary levels of inspections, but I think in so many ways that has to be included in the upfront costs that corporations need to put forward to keep mines safe and to build them properly.”
Gook is participating in a Vancouver panel discussion called the blowout at Mount Polley mine.