ummm I think our inspection teams in BC are alot more reliable[/quote]
so if they are having problems with their platforms in Malaysia it does not mean anything in BC because our standards and inspection regime are tougher
Sure. Tell that to the people living near this fiasco. Under the Liberals mine inspections were cut back a lot.
Design blamed for failure of B.C.’s Mount Polley tailings dam[/quote]
As is so often the case with environmental issues things are more complicated than they may at first appear.
NDP leader Horgan talks about cut backs in mine inspectors. Cut backs in environmental protection agencies should always be cause for concern. The Harper government, for instance, has effectively abandoned regulation of waterways.
That being said, as the title of the article indicates the problem at Mount Polley was with the design of the tailings pond. The article refers to an independent report that concluded that the failure “was caused by an inadequately designed dam that didn’t account for drainage and erosion failures associated with glacial till beneath the pond”.
A mining development certificate covers all aspects of a mining plan. The design for the Mt Polley mine was approved in 1992, when the NDP was in government.