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Premier in Likely after tailings pond breach, blasted for not visiting sooner

LIKELY (NEWS1130) – Three days after the failure of a dam surrounding a tailings pond at Mount Polley Mine near Likely, the premier is visiting the community and Williams Lake.

This comes after the government initially said it didn’t want Clark to be a distraction in the first few days of the community dealing with the disaster.

OMNI TV political analyst Kim Emerson says going is the right thing to do now, but Clark should have done that in the beginning. He has some advice for what she could do to show leadership, saying meeting with people is key.

“She needs to go out to the scene. She needs to be with emergency personnel — seeing what happens with them, what they’re doing. That’s leadership, being on-scene… seeing first-hand.”

“She should be holding, at the very least, kind of a town hall meeting with the general public there,” he adds.

NDP Leader, John Horgan is already in Likely along with Mines Minister Bill Bennett.

Results are expected today of tests that will determine whether or not the water hit by mine waste, is toxic.