Minister should resign

After the initial shock over the Mt. Polley tailings pond dam breaking and we went into the engineering records, we reacted with anger.

After the initial shock in B.C.’s community of environmentally-conscious people, when the Mt. Polley tailings pond dam broke and we went into the engineering record books for mine failures, we reacted with anger.

Perching this toxic waste site above the home to a vast amount of anadromous salmon, resident trout, etc. and wildlife was taking an enormous risk and points clearly to governments’ poor judgment. And, don’t forget, this is the same provincial government that wanted to develop New Prosperity Mine in the West Chilcotin and drain Fish Lake to create another toxic tailings pond.

How did Mt. Polley happen? We looked to governments and professional geotechnical engineers to design and monitor not only mining structures like tailing ponds, but also all the dams of note in this province? Furthermore, in a first world country like Canada, we should be able to assume that a regulatory government and their engineers will be reviewing and thereby regulating the private mining industry to ensure safeguards are in place.

One observation can be made here already, that without a large geophysical shock or sabotage, which has gone unrecorded, somebody screwed up at the company level. But further to that, in this modern world of technology, instruments should have been placed in and round the dam that would have recorded seepage, piping, geophysical land shifts and or, pressures changes in the phreatic line throughout the dam, or any other abnormalities developing which would have threatened the structural integrity of this dam to hold back the tailing waste. After all, if B.C. Hydro can monitor their dams, 24 hours a day, throughout the province, why not the mining industry?

It clearly appears that although Minister Bill Bennett says that he will resign if we find through these investigations that his ministry is at fault, should the public be asked to wait? Or should he clear the bridge from his presence, at least for now? Many in this province are saying that as government did not appear to have comprehensive policies and procedures in place and therefore allowed a “govern thyself” atmosphere to prevail, he should resign now.

Geoff Clayton

Qualicum Beach

Just Posted

Parksville’s mystery cowboy revealed

Kevin Gourlay’s horse garners attention for being ‘parked’ outside a liquor store

Qualicum man sentenced for tying up, robbing another man

Gabriel Stephen Nelson robbed and assaulted travelling businessman in 2017

Parksville man ‘parks’ horse during liquor store pit stop

As long as animal wasn’t jaywalking, no problem, says city official

Parksville roundtable highlights need for affordable housing, recreation

Mayor Ed Mayne held facilitated event in January to hear visions for city, council

After mosque attacks, New Zealand bans ‘military-style’ guns

The gunman killed 50 in a Christchurch mosque

B.C. sees fourth straight day of record-breaking warmth

Bob Marley said it best: The sun is shining and the weather is sweet

UPDATE: Two avalanches confirmed at Okanagan ski resort, one in hospital

A man has been sent to hospital after an isothermal avalanche at SilverStar March 20

Okanagan man, Yorkshire terrier chased by coyote

Animal sightings have been reported around West Kelowna and the Central Okanagan

Having phone within sight while driving does not violate law: B.C. judge

The mere presence of a cell phone within sight of a driver is not enough for a conviction, judge says

B.C. lottery winner being sued by Surrey co-workers

They claim he owes them $200,000 each, in a lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver

Pot industry welcomes decreased edibles tax, but unhappy medical tax remains

Taxes can increase the cost of medical cannabis by as much as 25 per ceny

‘It has to send a message:’ Broncos families await sentencing for truck driver

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu pleaded guilty to 29 counts of dangerous driving and apologized in court

MPs continue voting marathon as Tories protest shutdown of Wilson-Raybould motion

Multiple MPs have resigned from Trudeau’s Liberal cabinet

Most Read