Questions raised at Mount Polley meeting

A short term water discharge permit was at the centre of a public meeting held by Mount Polley Mine at the Gibraltar Room.

A short term water discharge permit was at the centre of a public meeting held by Mount Polley Mine at the Gibraltar Room Wednesday evening.

Discussion also included progress on the restoration after the tailings pond breach last year, and their work on a long-term plan for the mine.

Lyn Anglin, chief scientific officer for Imperial Metals and Lee Nikl, senior environmental scientist with Golder Associates (consultants for Imperial Metals) took the audience through a power point presentation.

Along with Imperial Metals vice-president for corporate affairs Steve Robertson, the presenters answered questions and addressed concerns from the audience.

Questions and concerns included topics such as when the rest of Mount Polley Mine employees can expect to go back to work, why the use of pipes is being proposed to pump effluent into Quesnel Lake, and whether the mine plans to use water from Springer pit as a spray to control on-site dust.

For more on the story see next week’s Tribune.