Residents are being invited to comment on Mount Polley Mining Corporation’s plans for long-term water management at the Cariboo-region site.
The company is applying to discharge treated mine effluent to both Quesnel Lake at a depth of 40 to 50 metres, and to Bootjack Lake via groundwater.
The province says there will be a 30-day public consultation period as well as a comprehensive technical review, with the company’s final water management plan expected to be in place by fall 2017.
Consultations start tonight in Quesnel from 7 p.m to 9 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion. Other locations include:
- Thursday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., open house and town hall, Royal Canadian Legion, Williams Lake.
- Friday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., open house, Horsefly Community Hall.
- Saturday, Oct. 29, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., open house, Big Lake Community Hall.
- Sunday, Oct. 30, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., open house and town hall, Likely Community Hall.
A tailings pond collapse at the Mount Polley copper and gold mine in 2014 spill sent millions of cubic metres of sludge gushing into waterways that feed into the Fraser River.