The HB mine tailings pond is seen in 2012 after it sprung a leak.

No movement on HB mine lawsuit

A year after the Regional District of Central Kootenay filed a notice of claim against Teck over the HB mine, very little has happened.

A year after the Regional District of Central Kootenay filed a notice of claim against Teck Resources Ltd. over contamination from a tailings pond near Salmo, there has been no movement in the case — at least none either party will disclose.

“Very little has happened,” said RDCK chief administrator Stuart Horn. “We are in contact with them and discussions around the issue continue but nothing of note has come out of those discussions.”

Teck spokesman Chris Stannell said discussions are ongoing but declined further comment.

The notice of claim, filed in BC Supreme Court in Vancouver on July 28, 2014 said the regional district wants to be reimbursed for ongoing remediation work at the old HB mine site, which it bought for landfill purposes in 1998.

Teck owned the property from 1955 to 1981 and operated the mine until 1978.

The regional district says the contamination consists of lead, zinc, cadmium, and arsenic and that “numerous” tailings releases occurred while the mine operated.

The claim also cited a 2007 incident in which flows from the tailings pond spread to a nearby property. In 2012, heavy rain caused a sinkhole to form on the pond’s earthen dam. The regional district spent over $800,000 stabilizing and reconstructing the dam, which it billed to the province.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Nelson research firm wins large international contract

D-Pace will develop and test an ion source system in collaboration with a Japanese company

LVR receives award for inter-generational project

The project was a series of discussions between seniors and high school students

Two Green Party members vying for Kootenay-Columbia nomination

Members will choose between Kerri Wall of Fernie and Abra Brynne of Nelson

American travel writers gush about Nelson

Recent pieces in the Washington Post and Spokesman-Review focus on Nelson

RDCK asks province for more powers to regulate private land logging

‘If the province won’t step up, we will have to’

VIDEO: Rosemont Elementary cuts ribbon on new outdoor classroom

The project includes a tribute to a former student

Every situation is different, jurors hear at coroners inquest into Oak Bay teen’s overdose death

Pediatrician says involuntary treatment necessary following overdose, opioid use

Fraser Institute releases latest B.C. high school rankings

Fastest improving schools are in cities including Agassiz, Kitimat and 100 Mile House

RCMP across Canada to soon unionize, according to B.C. mayor

A spokeswoman for RCMP headquarters in Ottawa says it’s not yet a done deal

Explicit sex-ed guide for adults mistakenly given to Creston elementary students

The booklet clearly states online and inside that the guide contains sexually explicit information

Driver has $240K McLaren impounded minutes after buying it in West Vancouver

Officers clocked the car travelling at 160 km/h along Highway 1 in a 90 km/h zone

Fundraiser for Sparwood cancer patient raises over $80k

“Friday was something I won’t ever forget,” said Sparwood’s Barry Marchi.

Former Vernon Judo coach pleads guilty to child pornography charges

Bryan Jeffrey McLachlan is set to return to court Sept. 4 for sentencing

Most Read