The Mount Polley Mine breach has resulted in a water ban in the affected areas

VIDEO: Imperial Metals president faces Likely, B.C. residents after Mount Polley mine breach

The company's president Brian Kynoch faced the music from residents affected by a water ban of the Quesnel and Cariboo Rivers.



Imperial Metals president Brian Kynoch faced the music on Tuesday, put in front of the citizens of Likely, B.C. after the Mount Polley Mine tailings pond breach sent waste water into Hazeltine Creek.

A water ban is now in force for all affected areas, which includes the Quesnel and Cariboo Rivers up to the Fraser.

“Now, until we do an investigation, I would be just speculating if I knew what failed,” said Kynoch. “It’s a bit of an anomaly to me, where it occurred… It will be a lot of investigation before we do have any answers.

“I apologize for what happened. If you would have asked me two weeks ago if that could have happened, I would have said, ‘It couldn’t happen.’ I know that, for our company, it’s going to take a long time to earn the community’s trust back.”

Kynoch called it a “gut-wrenching experience”. He also released a statement on Tuesday, apologizing for his delayed response after the breach occurred on BC Day on Monday.

The Watershed Watch Salmon Society estimates that 1.5 million migrating Fraser River sockeye salmon are destined for the contaminated Quesnel Lake, a fact that wasn’t lost on residents at Tuesday’s community meeting with Kynoch.

“This is a provincial, almost global… we’re talking the salmon of the entire planet going through this lake,” said Likely, B.C. resident Douglas Brassington to the Imperial Metals president.

“So, please address our water issue… Just remember, people are going to be drinking that water long after you’re gone.”

AUDIO: Imperial Metals president Brian Kynoch says he would drink the tailings pond water, via Shane Woodford (CKNW)

VIDEO: Fly-over of Mount Polley Mine tailings pond breach in Likely, B.C. (The Canadian Press)

Just Posted

Ridge Jr. B Flames making additions

Four players sign, two coaches join mix.

UPDATE: Two-vehicle incident on Abernethy Way, Maple Ridge

Road near 227th Street reopens in both directions.

Maple Ridge elementary protest to protect against climate change

Grade 7 Albion students march in front of municipal hall.

Maple Ridge teacher celebrated as inclusive education champion

Carissa Keenan teaches at Harry Hooge elementary.

Haney Rotary ups bursary amounts

Total is $19,000 this year, up from $11,000 in 2018.

New airline regulations bring compensation for tarmac delays, over-bookings

Some of the new regulations will roll out in July, while others are expected for December.

Burnaby facility to dispose of 1,500 tonnes of Canada’s trash from Philippines

All 103 containers will be disposed of properly within Canada before the end of the summer

Scheer says it would take Conservatives five years to balance budget

Scheeraccused the Liberal government of spending $79.5 billion of previously unbudgeted funds

Man wants guilty plea revoked in 2012 collision in Abbotsford that killed Chilliwack woman

Michael Larocque was charged in relation to crash that killed Eileen Kleinfelder

High-risk sex offender released into Surrey

Earon Wayne Giles, a Newton “tag-team rapist,” was released from prison Friday and is now living in Surrey

Vancouver woman sexually assaulted after man follows her home; suspect at large

Police are looking for an Asian man in his 40s after the incident on Vancouver’s east side.

B.C. man, 30, arrested for driving his parents’ cars while impaired twice in one day

The Vancouver-area man was arrested after officers caught him driving impaired twice in one day

UPDATE: Vancouver man dies after crash between motorcycle, transport truck

Police believe speed was a factor in Thursday collision

Trial slated to start Monday for accused killer of Abbotsford cop

Oscar Arfmann faces first-degree murder for death of Const. John Davidson

Most Read