What was this engagement about?
British Columbians were invited to comment on Mount Polley Mining Corporation’s (MPMC) plans for long-term water management of the site.
The permit application will go through a 30-day public-consultation period, as well as a comprehensive technical review by the Cariboo Mine Development Review Committee.
The company submitted its formal permit amendment application and supporting technical assessment report as part of its long-term water management plan. The documents will now be presented for public consultation. Public feedback will help inform the company’s final water management plan, expected to be in place by fall 2017.
Residents in the Cariboo were invited to learn more about the plan by attending public consultation meetings:
- Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., open house, Royal Canadian Legion, Quesnel.
- 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.
MPMC had previously submitted its draft technical assessment report for the long-term water management plan. That report underwent an internal government-to-government review involving the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Energy and Mines, Williams Lake Indian Band and Soda Creek Indian Band.
The results of that review have helped inform MPMC’s formal permit amendment application and supporting technical assessment report.
MPMC is applying to discharge treated mine effluent to both Quesnel Lake at a depth of 40 to 50 metres, as well as to Bootjack Lake via groundwater.
How can my contribution make a difference?
Feedback was accepted by attending an open house or email.
The engagement was held from October 26, 2016 to November 24, 2016. Public feedback will help inform the company’s final water management plan, expected to be in place by fall 2017.
Details of the Engagement:
Date: October 26 – December 23, 2016
Category: Environmental Protection
Types: Online, In-person