“We really can’t afford to have these dams fail.”
Those words from Pierre Gratton with the Mining Association of Canada, who says an industry-commissioned task force has made recommendations to tighten dam oversight.
He says the association’s board is meeting next week to set a date to implement them.
It comes more than a year after the disaster of Mount Polley last year in B.C., an event Gratton says must not be repeated
“They’re devastating to companies, but also the public expects better of us. These are major facilities, and when they fail, they can have as we’ve seen, pretty devastating consequences. They can’t go wrong, and we have to do everything we can to make sure they don’t go wrong.”
Over 30 companies, including Imperial Metals who is in charge of Mount Polley, will soon be subject to 29 recommendations made in a report calling for more transparency, communication with communities on safety risks, and monitoring.
Back in August of last year, millions of cubic metres of water and silt spilled into lakes and rivers after the Mount Polley gold and copper mine failed.