- Christy ClarkPremier of BC
- HONOURABLE Bill BennettMinister of Energy and Mines
- Hubert BunceDirector of Mining Operations Ministry of Environment
- Al HoffmanChief Mines Inspector Ministry of Energy and Mines
- Dale ReimerMount Polley Mining Corporation General Manager
Do Not Re-open Mount Polley Mine
Clayoquot Action is watching closely how Imperial Metals handles their Mount Polley mine disaster—one of the biggest mining disasters in the world. Why? The same company has plans for 2 new mines right here in Clayoquot Sound.
On April 1st an application filed by Imperial Metals for a restricted re-start of its Mount Polley mine was accepted for formal review. The BC government announced a 30-day public comment will occur through the month, with a deadline of April 30. A decision on whether or not to issue the permits will be made in early June.
So many questions and concerns remain unanswered. It seems premature to re-open the mine when criminal investigations are still underway. The RCMP raided Imperial Metals’ Vancouver office in February. What if the mine were re-opened, and it later turned out that it was being managed by criminals?
Please take a moment to let British Columbia Premier Christy Clark know that you do not want to see Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley Mine re-opened before the criminal investigations, the cleanup, and a long-term management plan incorporating the recommendations of the Mount Polley Review Panel are completed.
- Premier of British Columbia
- Premier of BC
- Minister of Energy and Mines
HONOURABLE Bill Bennett
- Director of Mining Operations Ministry of Environment
- Chief Mines Inspector Ministry of Energy and Mines
- Mount Polley Mining Corporation General Manager
I am writing to you today to comment on the re-opening of Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley mine, site of one of the largest mining disasters in the world.
It is premature to re-open the mine while criminal investigations are underway, and the toxic tailings from the spill are not yet fully cleaned up.
Where is Imperial Metals’ long-term management plan which incorporates the recommendations of the Mount Polley Review Panel—which your government has committed to implementing in full?
Please restore our confidence in your government’s ability to manage extractive industries in British Columbia in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.
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