A former BC Chief has filled charges against Mount Polley Mining Corporation in a last-minute move on the last day within the statute of limitations.
Bev Sellars of the Soda Creek First Nation has filed 15 charges, 10 of which are under the BC Environmental Management Act and 5 under the BC Mines Act.
These charges were brought under a private prosecution against Mount Polley and can be taken over by the new provincial government.
Sellers stated in a press release that they ‘just could not let it go’ as the provincial three-year limitations to file charges expired August 4th.
The Mount Polley disaster occurred when the tailing pond’s dam breached at the gold and copper mine, sending 24 million cubic metres of mine waste, debris and sludge into nearby waterways and ultimately Quesnel Lake.
The provincial government stated last week that they had no intention of filing charges but would work with the Federal government to pursue charges, if suggested, within their five-year limitations.