Mount Polley mine disaster update

The damage to Vancouver-based Imperial Metals, Mount Polley mine tailings pond dam is massive. — Photo courtesy Huffington Post

Government and Cariboo Regional District (CRD) officials continue to work together to address the breach at the Mount Polley tailings pond, to test the local drinking water to determine if it is safe for locals to drink or bathe in, and to help ensure the safety and well-being of local residents.

This factsheet will be updated daily with the latest information available.

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LETTER: Gov't to blame for Mount Polley disaster

LETTER: Gov't to blame for Mount Polley disaster

Dear Editor,

I read with horror the article Mount Polley Disaster published in the The Boundary Sentinel on August 6, 2014.

I have been following the news on the Fraser River Imperial Mines tailing pond contamination. I see that the government treated this toxic tailings pond with the same the extreme carelessness I have observed for the last 30 years while protecting wild salmon from disease.

Environment Ministry test say tailings pond did not exceed guidelines

Premier Christy Clark — "... just been a terrible, terrible heartache".

Gabriele Matscha, impact assessment​ head for the B.C. Environment Ministry said in an explanatory note the first water quality test results since the breach of the Mount Polley Mine's tailings pond did not exceed BC or Health Canada Drinking Water Guidelines.

"Samples collected near the town site of Likely and on the north shore of Quesnel Lake indicate that none of the analyzed chemical and physical contaminant concentrations exceeded B.C. or Health Canada drinking water guidelines," Matscha​ writes.

Mount Polley Disaster

Mount Polley Disaster

In the early morning hours of August 4, BC Day, a catastrophic breach of Imperial Metals' Mount Polley tailings pond sent a slurry-like mixture of 10 million cubic metres of water and 4.5 million cubic metres of fine sediment into Polley Lake. Hazeltine Creek and into Quesnel Lake. The breach has endangered not only drinking water for residents but the Quesnel, Horsefly and Mitchell salmon runs.

Northwest BC shouldn't look to CBT as a model

Northwest BC shouldn't look to CBT as a model

Establishing the Northwest British Columbia Resource Benefits Alliance (RBA) was a good move by the region’s local governments. Their news release announces that one of its first priorities is to negotiate a revenue sharing agreement with the Province.

Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett statement on Mt. Polley Mine accident

The tailing pond at Mt. Polley Mine.

Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett made the following statement today in response to the mine tailing pond incident at Mt. Polley Mine:

“In the early morning of August 4, 2014, the tailings pond dam at the Mt. Polley Mine site breached and released an estimated 10 million cubic metres of water and 4.5 million cubic metres of fine sand into Polley Lake. Hazeltine Creek flows out of Polley Lake, and the flow may have continued into Quesnel Lake.

BCSTA launches 'Back to School Action Plan'

BCSTA launches 'Back to School Action Plan'

Boards of Education are deeply concerned about the impact of the continuing bargaining impasse on students, families, staff, and the reputation of BC’s public education system. As the governors of BC’s local school districts and employers of staff who make our schools successful, BC school trustees know that a balance must be found between the bargaining objectives of the BC Teachers’ Federation and the economic mandate established by the provincial government. We believe that such a balance can be found. 

Holiday driving can lead to accidents so plan ahead

Don't let fatigue or drowsiness cause serious impairment. Plan ahead.

When holiday driving heats up so do driver fatigue-related crashes.

In an ICBC survey, an alarming 30 per cent of respondents admitted that they have nodded off while driving and yet only 54 per cent of respondents said they think drivers fatigued from long hours of driving have a very serious impact on road safety during in July and August in B.C.

Those figures relate to three people killed and 81 injured during the holiday peak months of July and August.

Government dumps money into BCIT trades training seats

More seats for educating trades will be available in September.

Government is delivering on its commitment in B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint to increase access and reduce waitlists for critical trades training seats by adding 272 seats at the BC Institute of Technology (BCIT).

Seats will be available to students as early as September 2014.

“We want British Columbians first in line for the one million job openings anticipated to open by 2022," said Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk.

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