Construction of $1-billion B.C. ski lodge in avalanche zone, say NDP
Jumbo Glacier Resort was originally expected to be operational by early 2013. (Facebook)
The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, November 5, 2014 12:56PM PST
INVERMERE, B.C. - The B.C. New Democrats say the day lodge for the New Jumbo Glacier Resort is being built in the path of a dangerous avalanche zone.
Opposition Leader John Horgan asked Environment Minister Mary Polak to withdraw Jumbo's permit in the legislature on Tuesday, saying the lodge is in a class-four zone, the second most dangerous classification for avalanches.
Polak says it would be inappropriate for her to comment on the details of her analysis and that the government will allow the process to unfold.
The proposed $1 billion year-round ski resort west of Invermere, B.C., had been rushing to meet a provincial construction deadline before its government-issued environmental assessment certificate expired on Oct. 12.
The NDP later released a statement saying the Liberals are making a mockery of the environmental assessment process and rewarding bad behaviour.
Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall says the day lodge isn't the only violation of Jumbo's certificate, and that a preliminary look at the certificate requirements show the company is in violation of three other conditions.