Mount Polley Mine disaster hurts everyone

The Mount Polley Mine disaster will have an effect on the company, Imperial Metals, for some time.

The Mount Polley Mine disaster will have an effect on the company, Imperial Metals, for some time.

The tailings pond debacle is already having its effect on some businesses in the Likely/Quesnel Lake area and it won’t be long before that fiscal downfall will reach Williams Lake and the rest of the Cariboo.

The men and women who work at Mount Polley spend their paychecks in this town and for those who become unemployed until the mine can once again begin operation, they won’t be spending as much money, because employment insurance isn’t that lucrative.

The environmental side of this whole equation will also be very costly and I know the government has given the mine a time line to come up with some answers regarding the failed tailings pond and what they will be doing for the cleanup.

I know Mount Polley is a medium-sized mining company and is a good corporation.

They are now looking at opening another mine, Red Chris in B.C.’s north, however, you can bet now there will be a closer look at the tailings pond for that mine, and I suspect all tailings ponds in B.C. will come under closer scrutiny in the future.

Congratulations to Save-On-Foods in Williams Lake and the Canadian Red Cross for their contribution of 18,000 500 milliliter bottles of water along with 1,440 bottles of four-litre size to the good folks in Likely and area who did not have drinking water.

It was interesting reading the comments online in various media regarding the Mount Polley meltdown.

Somebody wrote that mines are ticking time bombs, and whole generations of salmon would be lost.

There were other comments about those corporate cheer leaders in Prime Minister Stephen Harper and B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

“Those two, who are wrecking the environment and whatever you do, don’t vote for them or their party in the next election.”

Hmmm, I wonder which party those dudes are supporting?

Maybe it was the same party that didn’t want Prosperity Mine.

I’m not sure how this will play out in the end, however, I do hope for the best for the mine, for the environment, for the employees, and for our economy.

Ken Wilson is a freelance columnist with the Tribune/Weekend Advisor.


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

Just Posted

Researchers in B.C. say earlier than usual return of bats or dead bats can indicate trouble, such as signs of white-nose syndrome. (Cathy Koot photo)
Public help is essential for monitoring for bat disease

Anyone finding a dead bat is asked to report it to the BC Community Bat Program

Sandi Griffiths is the region’s new district manager of transportation for the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
New MOTI district manager takes the wheel in Williams Lake

Sandi Griffiths replaces Todd Hubner who retired recently

Mclean Silverton rides a rail in Boitanio Park - one of seven new features installed by the city this past week. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Snow park in Boitanio open for riding

If any users find that the park requires attention, please contact city hall at 250-392-2311

A snowfall warning has been issued for Williams Lake and Quesnel. (Black Press Media)
Snowfall warning issued for Cariboo region

Between 10 to 15 cm expected

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) co-ordinator Surinderpal Rathor (from left) Judy Gibbons and Rajneesh Khugsal, seen here in 2020, are all ready to help people file their taxes. (Patrick Davies photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake volunteers ready to offer community income tax program

Co-ordinator Surinderpal Rathor said he has already received inquiries

Abbotsford’s Kris Collins turned to TikTok out of boredom when the provincial COVID-19 lockdown began in March 2020. She now has over 23 million followers on the video app. Photo: Submitted
Internet famous: Abbotsford’s Kris Collins is a TikTok comedy queen

Collins has found surprise stardom alone with a phone

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

Baldy Mountain Resort was shut down on Saturday after a fatal workplace accident. (Baldy Mountain picture)
Jasmine and Gwen Donaldson are part of the CAT team working to reduce stigma for marginalized groups in Campbell River. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror
Jasmine’s story: Stigma can be the hardest hurdle for those overcoming addiction

Recovering B.C. addict says welcome, connection and community key for rebuilding after drug habit

A Vancouver restaurant owner was found guilty of violating B.C.’s Human Rights Code by discriminating against customers on the basis of their race. (Pixabay)
Vancouver restaurant owner ordered to pay $4,000 to customers after racist remark

Referring to patrons as ‘you Arabs’ constitutes discrimination under B.C.’s Human Rights Code, ruling deems

Nanaimo children’s author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book is ‘Science Girl.’ (Photo courtesy Lindsay Ford)
B.C. children’s writer encourages girls to pursue the sciences in new book

Lindsay Ford is holding a virtual launch for latest book, ‘Science Girl’

Pig races at the 145th annual Chilliwack Fair on Aug. 12, 2017. Monday, March 1, 2021 is Pig Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Feb. 28 to March 6

Pig Day, Canadian Bacon Day and Grammar Day are all coming up this week

Staff from the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, passersby, RCMP and Nanaimo Fire Rescue carried a sick 300-kilogram steller sea lion up the steep bluff at Invermere Beach in north Nanaimo in an attempt to save the animal’s life Thursday. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Rescue Centre)
300-kilogram sea lion muscled up from B.C. beach in rescue attempt

Animal dies despite efforts of Nanaimo marine mammal rescue team, emergency personnel and bystanders

Doctors and counsellors warn of an increase in panic attacks, anxiety, depression and suicide ideas between ages 10 to 14, in Campbell River. ( Black Press file photo)
Extended pandemic feeding the anxieties of B.C.’s youth

Parents not sure what to do, urged to reach out for help

Most Read