Imperial Metals/ Mount Polley
By Del Strasbourg
May 02, 2015
I agree that the Mount Polley tailings dam failure heavily impacted the areas downstream, investigations were warranted and changes had be made to prevent another spill in the future. It is very similar process when an aircraft crashes and hundreds of people are killed or when the Exxon Valdez dumped huge amounts oil in salmon rich waters. Investigations followed and corrective measures were taken but we didn’t stop flying and we didn't ban oil tankers. Terrible things happen but smart and responsible people analyze problems when they occur and develop better standards to avoid them in the future.
Imperial Metals has been very responsible to analyze this failure, collaborate with stakeholders and implement corrective measures to prevent a tailings spill from ever happening again. Canadians and Americans have demanded a safer industry, and that has happened. Imperial Metals has acted responsibly and quickly, spending millions of dollars with more planned to remediate damages to streams and lakes and to review and improve engineering specifications for tailing ponds. That should be respected and appreciated.
Received April 30, 2015 - Published May 02, 2015
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