Letters: Explorers brought mines like Polley on horseback

Dear Editor,

I wonder how many people in B.C. realize that mining in the Cariboo began simply enough with two prospectors exploring on horseback in the early 1930s?

What these two prospectors did not know back then is that their discovery was the starting point for a series of events that would ultimately result in Taseko’s proposal to develop one of the largest deposits of copper and gold in the world.

For this history, we must focus in B.C. on safe mining and mining practises. This means learning from unfortunate events like the Mount Polley mine failure, create new best practises, and move forward.

We must continue to not just allow, but send a message to encourage prospectors to find natural resources that can be developed into an unrivalled example of environmental protection and economic benefit for B.C. and Canada.

This is a critical moment in the long history of world-class mineral discoveries in B.C. As British Columbians and as Canadians, we owe it to future generations and the trailblazers of the past to tackle the challenges, seize the opportunity, and learn from our mistakes so we can continue to make the very best of our incredible resources in B.C.

Properly and safely developed, exploration and mining will be a benefit for many, and for decades to come.

Robert van Dyck, Vancouver

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