CRD will await public process on mine before writing any letters

CRD will not be sending any letters regarding the Mount Polley Mine restart until after the end of the public consultation period.

Responding to criticisms made by some members of Williams Lake City Council this week, Cariboo Regional District Chair Al Richmond said the CRD will not be sending any letters regarding the Mount Polley Mine restart until after the end of the public consultation period.

“Once we have all the information relative to the plan and the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Mines have signed off on it we can send a letter knowing exactly what we are supporting and exactly what the wishes of the constituents of the Cariboo-Chilcotin are,” Richmond said Friday from Victoria, adding everyone knows the closure of the mine has economic impacts, but it’s important to have all the information first.

“The ministries have said to us that they will be looking for some direction from the regional district and an indication as to whether we support the mine’s re-opening or not, but they do recognize the time to do that is when all the information is received and all the consultation is completed.”

To date that’s how the board has been thinking about the situation as a whole, Richmond explained, noting the board has been receiving regular updates from the mine and government.

“Mayor Cobb has been involved with those updates, every three weeks, which is a conference call between the Ministry of Mines, the Ministry of Environment,” Richmond said. “They are on the line, they are telling us what they are doing.”

Through the public process period the CRD wants to have an open mind and will not try and sway the public, Richmond insisted.

“Right now any letter we write is not going to change the government’s mandate or change their mind. They are looking for input right now and then they will be looking to us for direction.”

Richmond agreed the Cariboo-Chilcotin is impacted by the shut down, and said the CRD wants to see the mine up and running again, but it has to be done in an environmentally-sound manner with the region’s support.

“If it’s not supported then we could start a whole other chain of events by insisting it be re-started. At this point it’s our job to listen to what people have to say about the plan. Then we can write a letter.”

Any decision by the CRD, has to be an informed one, he added.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Forty-seven vaccination clinics will open across Interior Health beginning March 15. (Canadian Press)
48 COVID-19 vaccine clinics to open across Interior Health

Select groups can book appointments starting Monday

Celebrate women in leadership, March 8, International Women’s Day 2021 (Unsplash)
EDITORIAL: International Women’s Day 2021 shines spotlight on achievements, ongoing inequities

COVID-19 increased gender-based violence, economic stress, the burden of care giving for women

Cynthia English (Photo submitted)
INTERNATIONL WOMEN’S DAY 2021: Cynthia English

Cynthia English, 30, has been working in the logging industry for several years

Kristy Alphonse Palmantier was crowned Williams Lake Stampede Queen in 1981. She has four children (Jody Palmantier, Davee Palmantier, Julie Doerfling and Sky Moses) as well as four grandchildren including Ace, Chance, Xidi and Ryder who was born last month. Alphonse Palmantier lives in Sugar Cane and in her spare time loves to be out on the land and hunt and fish with her partner CraigHilker. (Kristy Palmantier Facebook photo)
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2021: Kristy Alphonse Palmantier

Roots run deep for Kristy Alphonse Palmantier

Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2021: Cleary Manning

Spreading positivity through music is one way Cleary Manning tries to make the community better

Elvira D’Angelo, 92, waits to receive her COVID-19 vaccination shot at a clinic in Montreal, Sunday, March 7, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
‘It’s been a good week’: Tam hopeful on vaccines as pandemic anniversary nears

Tam says the addition of two new vaccines will help Canadians get immunized faster

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

(The Canadian Press)
‘Worse than Sept. 11, SARS and financial crisis combined’: Tourism industry in crisis

Travel services saw the biggest drop in active businesses with 31 per cent fewer firms operating

Pictures and notes in from friends and classmates make up a memorial in support and memory of Aubrey Berry, 4, and her sister Chloe, 6, during a vigil held at Willows Beach in Oak Bay, B.C., on December 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Mother of slain daughters supports recent changes to Canada’s Divorce Act

Sarah Cotton-Elliott said she believed her children took a back seat to arranging equal parenting

Victoria man Brett Andersen is asking for people’s help to secure him one of eight free tickets to the moon. (Screenshot/@brettandersen Instagram)
Victoria man wants your help securing a free ticket to the moon

Japanese billionaire offering eight people a trip to the moon

The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)
Aquarium users in B.C. warned after invasive mussels found at pet store

Conservation officers were told the mussels were found in a moss ball from a Terrace pet store.

Hockey hall-of-fame legend Wayne Gretzky, right, watches the casket of his father, Walter Gretzky, as it is carried from the church during a funeral service in Brantford, Ont., Saturday, March 6, 2021. HE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky remembered as a man with a ‘heart of gold’ at funeral

The famous hockey father died Thursday at age 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease

Donald Alan Sweet was once an all star CFL kicker who played for the Montreal Alouettes and Montreal Concordes over a 13-year career. Photo courtesy of Mission RCMP.
Ex-B.C. teacher who was CFL kicker charged with assault, sexual crimes against former students

Donald Sweet taught in Mission School District for 10 years, investigators seek further witnesses

Most Read