As the stories swirl around the devastating failure of the Polley Mine tailings pond, there is a lingering and equally concerning issue facing our communities and particularly employees and their families.
The unknown is both stressful and devastating to these workers as they wait not knowing if today is their last day of work.
Many of these mine employees have relocated to the Cariboo with their families because of the lifestyle the Cariboo offers.
It would be a major calamity for these employees to have to make the decision to relocate again and leave their dreams behind.
Mount Polley has submitted a plan for restart of the mining operations and it’s up to government to allow the re-start while securing of the tailings pond continues while dealing with the effects of the spill itself.
Mine employees, contractors and suppliers and our communities would be better served if the mine re-starts and in doing so prevents an even worse economic impact, which will compound the problems we face today.