The Mayor of Williams Lake says he is standing behind what he said in a recent CBC interview on a proposed UBCM environmental bill of rights which has garnered concern from local First Nations.
Walt Cobb, says parts of the information on Mt. Polley, which was a separate issue, were blown out of proportion.
“Yes, I don’t agree with the bylaw or the standards they are asking for us to put in place-it’s totally ridiculous and it would curtail business from happening in Williams Lake,” he said.
“As far as the Mt. Polley thing goes that was a separate issue and part of it was missing…Misinformation gets out there and I’m not going to pursue that one. When you look at say Victoria who is supporting that legislation, who is dumping raw sewage into the ocean, I really question whether they are environmentally sensitive or not.”
Both the Williams Lake Indian Band and Xat’sull First Nation had said in a joint press release earlier last week saying Cobb’s statements during the course of the interview had downplayed the impacts of the Mt. Polley dam failure.