Showing posts from August 9, 2014

Mine waste spill in Canada puts Southeast Alaska fishermen on edge

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[I am wondering how long it will take before the BC and Canadian media picks up on the Province's recent approval of the enormous KSM (Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell) mine with its even larger tailing pond. "The regulatory agencies always assure everybody that all the necessary safeguards are in place." That's what the study report that approved the KSM mine just did. "The agency concludes, and I'm quoting here, that 'the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects, taking into account the implementation of mitigation measures in this comprehensive study report. I would bet you a rather large amount of money that quote was almost exactly (the same) in the study report for the Mount Polley mine." *RON*]

Pat Forgey, Alaska Dispatch News, 8 August 2014

JUNEAU -- A huge mine waste spill in one of Canada's most productive salmon-producing rivers has Alaska fishermen fearing for their liveli…

Mount Polley mine disaster

For what it's worth, I sent the following email message to my MLA and MP:

“Enough is enough.” We did not elect industry to protect our air and water, we elected our government and they must do their job. We don't want industry in charge, we want better environmental protection laws, monitoring and enforcement. When industries are allowed to self- regulate and governments believe that economic growth can only happen one way – at all costs - harm is inevitable.

Reports Of Skin Falling Off Salmon After Mount Polley Mine Spill

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[" can literally wipe the skin off with your hand." Compare this story with the statement from the group of Harper appointees at the Pacific Salmon Commission: Mine spill 'unlikely' to harm spawning Fraser sockeye. *RON*]
The Huffington Post B.C. with files from CP, 08/08/2014

Reports of sickly salmon with skin that’s peeling off have prompted a First Nations fishing shutdown in British Columbia’s Cariboo region, which was hit by a mining waste spill this week.

“We are closing all fishing activities down the river immediately, fish are being found very sickly as we speak,” read a notice issued Thursday by the chiefs of the Xaxli’p, Sek’wel’was and Tsk’way’laxw First Nations near Lillooet.

The Secwepemc Fisheries Commission issued a similar advisory telling its members to “exercise caution and stop fishing until further notice.”

A dam holding back the tailings pond at the Mount Polley gold and copper mine in central B.C. faile…

Connecting The Dots Between Mount Polley Mine Owner, Squamish LNG, Harper

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[Byng Giraud, one of the key corporate proponents for Woodfibre LNG (which is strongly supported by John Weston, Conservative MP for BC), is a former vice-president with Imperial Metals (owner of the Mount Polley mine) and a former director on the governing council for the Conservative Party of Canada. *RON*]
G. Elijah Dann, Huffington Post, 9 August 2014

Recently, Conservative B.C. MP John Weston wrote that he "disagree[s] with the motion" passed by West Vancouver council to ban the passage of LNG tankers in Howe Sound.

No doubt following instructions from Prime Minister Stephen Harper himself, keeping the thumbscrews on the B.C. fiefdom probably has Weston also crabbed about the opposition to the Woodfibre LNG facility here in Squamish.

While I am but a mere citizen in this fragile democracy, I agree with him on one point. And it turns out to be astonishingly prescient on Weston's part, as he went on to muse: "At this time, we h…