BC’s new Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources has no specific plans for mines in the East Kootenay at this time.
Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall has been in office eight years and has served as Opposition Spokesperson for Social Development, Advanced Education and Caucus Deputy House Leader.
Mungall says she hasn’t had a chance to review any specific energy projects in the province.
She says her initial focus is on BC Hydro Rates and Site C Dam.
“Its not just the East Kootenay, there’s many communities all throughout British Columbia, including the West Kootenay,” Mungall says. “What we need to ensure is that the New NDP government has every opportunity to put forward and deliver on its commitments that it made during the election. We have every intention to do so.”
This will be Mungall’s first ministerial role. She says she is ready to take on the challenges of her new role.
“We’ve talked about having a mining task force so that we can ensure that we don’t have delays on the permitting process,” Mungall says. “And that we can also ensure there is environmental sustainability and less liability on the public. Its what we learned from the Mount Polley disaster.”
Mungall succeeds former Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett, who served as Minister of Energy and Mines for four years from 2013 to his retirement.
– BC’s Minister of Mines, Energy and Petroleum Resources, Michelle Mungall
– Jeff Johnson