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A trickle of hope near site of BC tailings pond breach

Site of the Mount Polley tailings pond breach  Photo: Cariboo Regional District/Facebook

Site of the Mount Polley tailings pond breach Photo: Cariboo Regional District/Facebook

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Today B.C.'s Minister of Energy and Mines says residents near Likely, BC may have had a "lucky break." He says initial water tests near the Mount Polley tailings pond breach on Monday show that the water is not toxic. Minister Bill Bennett now says the focus is on cleanup and on preventing any further leaks from the pond.

"The company's responsible for the cleanup... I think the whole industry is watching this. Tailings dams, they just don't burst. This doesn't happen. So why did it happen in this case?"

Minister Bennett says there are lessons to be learned from this disaster.

"This is going to cause all of us I think, regulators and the mining industry, to really step back and decide whether what we're doing right is the right thing to do and what we can do better."

The Minister says water will continue to be tested and he is hopeful they have "dodged a bullet."

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