Mary Polak, Minister of Environment, was in Likely on Friday to speak to the community about the tailings pond breach.
Polak says after touring the site of the breach for the second time she has noticed dramatic progress.
“The Hazeltine Creek work is maybe the most significant, because of course initially, they weren’t able to get in there at all. So now to see how much is changing right there on Hazeltine Creek, I think is most substantial, but huge, huge progress.”
Polak adds that as progress continues, remediation efforts that have been divided into 2 phases will continue as well.
“Right from the beginning, it was an emergency operation. Then you move into stopping the pollution and making sure that you’ve got the site stabilized, and then you’re moving on into the beginnings of the work to try and re-mediate the sight and bring things closer and closer back to the way they were at the beginning.”
Polak says stage 1 of the immediate phase will continue until June of 2015 and that as conditions change, the Ministry of Environment will be prepared to take charge as well.
Polak was also in Williams Lake and was joined by MLAs Donna Barnett and Coralee Oakes.