Bridge Design and Construction at Reiseter Creek near Smithers, B.C.
This complaint investigation concerns a bridge built by West Fraser Mills Ltd. (the licensee) across a tributary of Reiseter Creek, 20 kilometres northwest of Smithers. A local resident (the complainant) complained to the Forest Practices Board in December 2001 that:
- The licensee designed and constructed the bridge in contravention of the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act and its regulations, causing the bridge to fail and possibly damage the creek; and
- The Ministry of Forests did not adequately enforce Code provisions dealing with roads and bridges.