Mount Polley community meetings planned

Two community meetings scheduled to update the public on the Mount Polley Mine breach are scheduled in the Cariboo region.

Two community meetings scheduled to update the public on the Mount Polley Mine breach are scheduled in the Cariboo region.

The first takes place Sunday, Nov. 23 at the Likely community hall from 2 to 4 p.m. The second one will be on Monday, Nov. 24, at the Cariboo Memorial Complex Gibraltar Room in Williams Lake from 7 to 9 p.m.

Hosted by the Minister of Environment Mary Polak, along with Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes and Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett, both meetings are being billed as open houses to discuss the ongoing work and next steps to mitigate the breach and environmental remediation.

On Aug. 4, the tailings storage facility at the copper and gold mine gave way, releasing 24 million cubic metres of water and tailings into nearby Polley Lake, Hazeltine Creek, Quesnel Lake and Quesnel River.

At both meetings there will be presentations by the Ministry of Environment and Mount Polley Mine Corporation, while representatives from the Ministry of Energy and Mines, Interior Health and the Cariboo Regional District will be available to answer questions.

A representative from Fisheries and Oceans Canada will attend the meeting in Williams Lake.

Coffee and tea will be provided at both meetings.

 

Williams Lake Tribune

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