From page three of the Auditor General's report of her audit of compliance and enforcement of the mining sector in British Columbia:
"...We conducted this audit to determine whether the regulatory compliance and enforcement activities of the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) and the Ministry of Environment (MoE), pertaining to mining, are protecting the province from significant environmental risks.
We found almost every one of our expectations for a robust compliance and enforcement program within the MEM and the MoE were not met.
We found major gaps in resources, planning and tools. As a result, monitoring and inspections of mines were inadequate to ensure mine operators complied with requirements. The ministries have not publicly disclosed the limitations with their compliance and enforcement programs, increasing environmental risks, and government’s ability to protect the environment..."