Families want inquiry into B.C. mill blasts

By: The Canadian Press

 | Apr 23, 2014 - 11:46 AM |
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - Demands for a public inquiry into two fatal mill explosions will be taken to the streets of Prince George, B.C., on the second anniversary of one of the blasts.

Family members and co-workers of those killed and injured at the Lakeland Mills sawmill on April 23, 2012, and the Babine Forest Products in January 2012 are holding a "Walk for Justice" on Wednesday.

The walk follows decisions by B.C.'s Criminal Justice Branch not to lay charges over the separate explosions that killed four men and injured dozens of others.

It also follows repeated but unsuccessful calls by New Democratic Leader Adrian Dix for a sweeping, independent inquiry into sawmill safety and the two subsequent investigations.

Ronda Roche, who lost her husband Glenn in the explosion at the Lakeland Mills, says somebody needs to be held accountable for the deaths and injuries, and an independent inquiry is needed to learn where the system failed.

Maureen Luggi, whose husband Robert Luggi Jr. died during the Babine explosion, says the families need answers and she doesn't believe a coroner's inquest will address all the questions she has.

Reader's Feedback

NorthernLife.ca may contain content submitted by readers, usually in the form of article comments. All reader comments and any opinions, advice, statements or other information contained in any messages posted or transmitted by any third party are the responsibility of the author of that message and not of NorthernLife.ca. The fact that a particular message is posted on or transmitted using this web site does not mean that NorthernLife.ca has endorsed that message in any way or verified the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message. We encourage visitors to NorthernLife.ca to report any objectionable content by using the "report abuse" link found in the comments section of this web site. Comment Guidelines

comments powered by Disqus

Most Popular

Local Business Directory