The Manager of Mount Polley, Dale Reimer, appeared as delegation before Committee of the Whole, and outlined current efforts underway in the wake of the August 5 tailings pond breach. The mine must obtain a number of permits in order to repair the tailings dam and return to normal operations.
In a report prepared for this meeting, City Councillor Surinderpal Rathor was quoted as saying, "I have been approached by both local and out of town residents, in particular the employees of Mount Polley Mine, sharing concerns about the future of the mine. As the Mine is a significant employer and contributor to the local economy, ceasing production will have significant effects on employees, suppliers, and those who are related to the Mine either directly or indirectly."
"I am extremely concerned about how this will affect our community. I have also been informed that mine employees have expressed concern that they have not had any support from our local community and are looking for some support. The investigations must continue, but the mine must also continue to generate revenue and employ its workers."
Meeting as Committee of the Whole on October 28, Williams Lake City Council passed a recommendation to write a letter to the Premier and appropriate provincial ministers expressing the importance of Mt. Polley returning to full operations.