No Penalties To Come Out Of Blast Investigation

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG News

The Ministry of Energy and Mines says no penalties are being pursued against the operator of a local rock quarry that was the site of a controlled blast February 27th.

The Ministry’s investigation found that there were no local bylaws or BC Health and Safety Codes violated when the blast occurred around 8:30 in the evening at Pat’s Pit, just off Otway Road.  It also says a temperature inversion played a role in reflecting the noise across the city.

In the future, the Ministry has ordered the mine operator to submit a blasting plan to the local mines inspector. The plan will be forwarded to the Prince George Fire Department.  Emergency officials searched the area for more than an hour to find the cause of the blast.

The investigation hasn’t found any damage caused by the blast, but inspectors are still following up with local residents who registered complaints. The stop work order was lifted Friday following the investigator’s visit to the quarry.

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