The Vancouver Sun reports in its Thursday edition that people are swimming and fishing in Quesnel Lake five years after the largest environmental mining disaster in Canadian history, but residents of Likely, B.C., are still struggling with unresolved emotions about what happened and who will be held accountable for the dam collapse at the Mount Polley mine.
A Canadian Press dispatch to The Sun says that a five-year deadline for federal Fisheries Act charges expired Sunday, while the possibility of other charges under the same act remains with no timeline for a decision. British Columbia missed the three-year deadline to proceed with charges under both the province's Environmental Management Act and Mines Act.
Likely resident Lisa Kraus said the central B.C. community of about 350 people remains wounded, concerned and somewhat divided about the tailings dam breach at the Imperial Metals open-pit copper and gold mine. The Aug. 4, 2014, collapse sent 24 million cubic metres of mine waste into area waterways.
Ms. Kraus said she is not convinced that charges would satisfy area residents. "There's still the feeling for some that they're not saying everything and they're not telling us all the truths," she said.
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