UPDATE: Coalmont Energy ordered to complete shoreline cleanup report
UPDATE: The Ministry of Environment has ordered Coalmont Energy Corp. to complete a shoreline cleanup and assessment techniques report. Coalmont Energy says Triton Consultants Ltd. has been assigned to complete the environmental assessment, which is currently underway. Once the assessment is complete recommendations on the next steps for clean up and recovery of material. A public information session is scheduled for Friday at 5:00 p.m. at the Tulameen Community Hall, 2597 Otter Ave.
PRINCETON, BC — Residents in the Coalmont and Tulameen areas are being assured their drinking water is not affected by a weekend tailings spill from a nearby coal mine.
Interior Health says all water systems in those areas draw from well water, which is unaffected by this spill.
“Information obtained from the Ministry of Environment water license database indicates that there is no surface intakes until two to three kilometres [from] Princeton,” explains Lannea Parfitt, a spokesperson for Interior Health.
Interior Health anticipates that the water has flushed away the coal deposits, but recommends residents use bottled water if the water appears discoloured.
It also does not recommend swimmers use the river if the water seems murky.
More water samplings are being done.
“Ministry of Environment is conducting sampling of the Tulameen River around Coalmont and Princeton,” says Parfitt, “to further confirm there are no impacts on water quality. “