Three Years Is Too Long For Justice!
In October of 2014, BC's Minister of Energy and Mines, the Hon. Bill Bennett, quietly amended the Mines Act to grant the investigation into the Mount Polley Mine disaster as much as three years to pursue charges for offences under the Act. Minister Bennett justified the amendments, citing concerns that exisiting limits of six months to one year could "prevent investigators and Crown Counsel from doing their jobs". Meanwhile, BC's Ministry of the Environment recently admitted that major gaps exist in the Government's ability to adequately respond to environmental disasters and enforce its own polluter-pay model.
British Columbians shouldn't have to wait until after the next election cycle to see charges in the wake of the largest mining disaster in modern Canadian history. Help us send a message to Minister Bennett and the BC Government calling for stronger environmental oversight and letting them know that three years is too long to wait for justice!