July 11: Mine Sues Engineers over Dam Failure
Imperial Metals, the owner of the Mount Polley mine, has sued two engineering firms for damages over the dam collapse from two years ago. The lawsuit accuses the firms of negligence and breach of contract as to a flawed tailings storage facility. Because of these failings, the facility had an inadequate safety standard, despite both companies repeatedly providing reports that claimed it was safe. The lawsuit doesn’t specify the amount of damages sought, but alleges that the company continues to incur losses due to the dam failure, including lost profits, the costs of laying off workers and reduced share values.