NEAR ADAMS RIVER– It’s been more than a week since the devastating spill at the Mount Polley mine in the Cariboo.
Many questions remain about how the spill happened and many are concerned about the potential of similar disasters elsewhere.
The Shuswap Environmental Committee has not been shy about speaking out against another proposed mine project involving Imperial Metals.
Ruddock Creek Mining Corporation, a subsidiary of Imperial Metals, is hoping to operate an underground zinc-lead mine approximately 100 km north west of Revelstoke.
Last week, the Environmental group outlined it’s concerns about the impact of a tailings pond breach on Oliver Creek.
The Vice President of Imperial Metal’s Corporate affairs has now responded to those concerns.
Steve Robertson says there shouldn’t be concern that a similar breach could happen at Ruddock Creek because the tailings will be stored in a different way.
Robertson goes on to say that the Mount Polley tailings breach happened in a man-made structure and no similar structure or dam will be built to impound tailings at Ruddock Creek.
He adds that the scale of the Ruddock Creek mine is also much smaller and therefore it will produce fewer tailings.
The Ruddock Creek mine proposal is currently undergoing a Federal Environmental Assessment.