Higher than a year following a Peace Valley landslide forced the evacuation of Old Fort residents, with six houses still under an evacuation order or emergency alert, the regional district and B.C. government are wrangling over who’s accountable for determining in the event that community of 200 is safe.
вЂњThis doubt is affecting the community that is whole here,вЂќ Brad Sperling, chair for the Peace River Regional District, told The Narwhal.
вЂњBut more so, the three [property owners] which can be on alert, theyвЂ™re day that is living day being prepared to escape. ItвЂ™s not right also itвЂ™s not fair.вЂќ
The slip, in a area underlaid by many gas that is natural and near one entry towards the Site C dam worksite, ended up being categorized as being a вЂњdangerous occurrenceвЂќ under B.C.вЂ™s health, security and reclamation code.
That caused a geotechnical assessment to recognize вЂњthe real cause and contributing facetsвЂќ of the slide, in accordance with a briefing note for Peter Robb, mining and energy assistant deputy minister, which was included in the reaction to a Freedom of Information demand produced by The Narwhal.
A screenshot of a briefing note ready for Peter Robb, assistant deputy minister of B.C.вЂ™s Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. The briefing note had been obtained by The Narwhal via a Freedom of Information demand. The document also notes the region hosts вЂњhistorically unstable slopes.вЂќ
But almost 14 months later вЂ” utilizing the landslide moving metres every day for the month that is first then settling, before advancing another few centimetres final spring вЂ” the geotechnical assessment is not yet complete, the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources stated within an email towards the Narwhal.
вЂњThe Chief InspectorвЂ™s research into this matter is ongoing,вЂќ the ministry stated, noting that вЂњ13 months isn’t a silly timeframe to complete such a complex investigation.вЂќ