Time to clean up BC's dirty mining industry!
When the tailings pond dam burst at the Mount Polley Mine in August 2014, it unleashed a torrent of mine waste and water. It also unleashed a torrent of widespread public concern about the increasing environmental risks and health impacts from BC’s mining industry.
In light of these risks, the Wilderness Committee released a new publication – produced with support from MiningWatch Canada and Clayoquot Action – demanding that BC’s mining industry clean up its act and be constrained by tougher environmental laws governing the creation, storage and disposal of mine waste.
We’ve also produced a video, which looks at the risks associated with mining in the Fraser River Watershed, one of the greatest salmon watersheds in the world. Watch the video here.
There are better, safer alternatives, but the industry must commit to investing in these practices and the government must enforce stricter standards.
Please contact the BC Premier and Minister of Mines today, to help clean up the province's mining industry and protect our communities, environment, health and waters – including BC's world-famous salmon runs.
Let the provincial government know how strongly you want:
1) A ban on the outdated and dangerous practice of holding large volumes of toxic slurry, water and mine waste behind towering earthen dams, and requirements for safer storage methods
2) Legislated ‘no-go zones’ for mining in some areas to protect critical ecosystems, livelihoods, and local economies
3) A stop to industry self-regulation in favour of mandatory independent oversight and monitoring
4) A levy on all operating mines to ensure zero public liability and a multi-billion dollar mine clean-up fund
5) Required consent from local communities and First Nations before mine projects can proceed
Photo: Highland Valley Copper Mine, BC (Jeremy Williams).