From City Councillors to miners, to the community at large, the Gibraltar room in Williams Lake was fully packed at last night’s community meeting on Mt. Polley’s permit application for a restart of operations.
President of United Steel Workers Paul French says he was very happy with the large turnout.
“Not only from the community with business people and members of the public, but employees of the mine that came out.”
“I think it was well attended.”
The meeting which had representatives from Mt. Polley and Golder Associates to discuss the restoration of Hazeltine Creek and the plan for water management was followed by a question and answer period.
Mayor Walt Cobb, who has been vocal in the push for the mine’s restart says he is asking each member of Council to submit their notes.
“We re-submitted my letter that I sent to the Minister to the panel so that they understood where we were coming from a Council as a whole, but I’m going to encourage each one of our members of Council to send a note in say we need the mine.”
“I also encourage everybody in the community to go onto that website and just let them know that this is an important economic aspect of our community.”
The same presentation will be made today to First Nations at Sugarcane, says Imperial Metals Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Steve Robertson.
“We’re going to have a First Nations meeting tonight at Sugarcane and I expect that will probably be the last official meeting, but we’ll also have, I think we’re going to have an open house in Likely this weekend with company officials where we have the ability to drop in and say hello.”
“We’re always available; people can continue to contact us and provide their comments.”
Comments on Mt. Polley’s permit for a restart of operations are due on May 2nd and can be submitted through email at:
You can review Mt. Polley’s permit application and any further relating information through their website.