From GHoekstra's weekend piece in the VSun:
....(Imperial Metals vice-president of corporate affairs Steve) Robertson said Saturday there was no disagreement about the dam when (original engineers) Knight Piesold left the project (in 2011).
“I don’t think that’s anything out of the ordinary that they would make sure they establish (they) were only responsible for things up to this point — now it’s somebody else’s issue and provide lots of caveats and warnings in there,” said Robertson.
...Imperial Metals president Brian Kynoch has been adamant the company has followed their engineers’ advice.
Once Knight Piesold left the project, AMEC was hired to provide advice on raising the height of the dam to contain growing amounts of ground-up waste rock and water.
Robertson said the company followed both the advice of Knight Piesold and the new firm AMEC.
“We did monitor construction and operate properly,” said Robertson.
Mines Minister Bill Bennett said he also does not view the letter from Knight Piesold as unusual or that it was a warning....
Perhaps we should return, once again, to the actual press release that was attached to the actual letter from Knight Piesold so that we can read what they actually said to BOTH the company and the government in 2011:
...Since February 10, 2011, Knight Piésold Ltd. has not had any responsibility or knowledge of any aspects of the design, modifications or performance monitoring of the tailings storage facility at Mount Polley. The original engineering done by Knight Piésold Ltd. accommodated a significantly lower water volume than the tailings storage facility reportedly held at the time of the breach. Significant engineering and design changes were made subsequent to our involvement, such that the tailings storage facility can no longer be considered a Knight Piésold Ltd. design.
Upon completing all assignments as the Engineer of Record in 2010, Knight Piésold Ltd. wrote to Mount Polley Mining Corporation and to the Government of British Columbia's Chief Inspector of Mines and stated that "the embankments and the overall tailings impoundment are getting large and it is extremely important that they be monitored, constructed and operated properly to prevent problems in the future." (See attached letter dated February 10, 2011)...
It has now been a full week.
And it is now abundantly clear, as it has been since the beginning, that the government knew there was a problem with the pile of dirt that was supposed to keep that massively expanding toxic lake from spewing it's even more toxic crap into the Fraser River waterway since 2011.
Thus, if the local Lotuslandian proMedia does not now hound the leaders of said government to the end of the earth and demand answers regarding why they did not act to rectify the problem?
Well, those fine holders of all the 'established credibility' around here will be failing we, the people, of British Columbia.