MiningWatch’s attempt to initiate a private prosecution of the Mount Polley Mining Corporation may have hit a dead end.
The industry watchdog was in Williams Lake Court on Friday morning in hopes of convincing a judge to initiate charges against the company and the B.C. government.
But federal lawyers are asking for a stay of charges.
MiningWatch is arguing there’s enough evidence to start proceedings for violations of the Fisheries Act in relation to the Mount Polley mining disaster.
Ugo Lapointe of MiningWatch says it’s concerning that Crown lawyers want to stay the charges, which would prevent evidence from being presented.
MiningWatch alleges the province and the company didn’t implement safeguards leading up to a devastating tailings pond spill.