Oliver mudslide spurs new dam safety rules

By Adrian Nieoczym
adrian@nieoview.com

Did this latest installment on the Testalinden Creek mudslide near Oliver, B.C., for the Globe. It took this massive loss of property (thankfully no lives) for the government to wake up to the fact that it actually has to proactively monitor the dams it licenses.

While more could have been done to prevent the slide, the government’s reaction was pretty good. Under an intense media glare, it accepted a dose of responsibility for the circumstances that led to the slide and agreed to pay the clean-up tab for affected property owners. Now it’s pledging to be more vigilant. The question is whether their resolve will hold once the memory of this incident fades.

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