Letter RE: Clayoquat Sound mining permit

As a follow up to yesterday’s call to action, here is my letter to BC’s Minister of Energy and Mines, the Honourable Rich Coleman which I sent through the Wilderness Committee letter writing page quoted below:

WRITE WILD – SAY NO TO ISSUING A WORK PERMIT FOR THE INACTIVE FANDORA GOLD MINE IN CLAYOQUOT SOUND!

Sometimes, a little time spent now can save a lot of problems later. This is one of those times!

Please write a short letter to BC’s Minister of Energy and Mines, the Honourable Rich Coleman, and ask that he refuse to issue a work permit for the inactive Fandora Gold Mine in Clayoquot Sound’s Tranquil Inlet.

 

Some key points you may want to include:

  • The work permit being sought is for the inactive Fandora Mine Site, which is in Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation territory, Tranquil Inlet, Clayoquot Sound.  
  • Clayoquot Sound is a United Nations Biosphere Reserve and should be subject to high environmental protection standards.
  • The Tla-o-qui-aht oppose the Fandora Mine work permit being issued because they are concerned about potential environmental damage.
  • Other mines on Vancouver Island have resulted in severe damage to the environment, especially fisheries. A mine near the Tsolum River, for example, only operated for three years yet resulted in 40 years of pollution that almost eliminated the Tsolum’s salmon runs. Over 4 million dollars have already been spent by the BC government in a bid to bring the river back to life.
The letter that I sent follows:

The value of Clay0quat Sound lies in its rich biodiversity NOT in mining development which only serves to foster corporate greed.  The work permit being sought is for the inactive Fandora Mine Site, which is in Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation territory, Tranquil Inlet, Clayoquot Sound.  Clayoquot Sound is a United Nations Biosphere Reserve and should be subject to high environmental protection standards.  The Tla-o-qui-aht oppose the Fandora Mine work permit being issued because they are concerned about potential environmental damage.  Other mines on Vancouver Island have resulted in severe damage to the environment, especially fisheries. A mine near the Tsolum River, for example, only operated for three years yet resulted in 40 years of pollution that almost eliminated the Tsolum’s salmon runs. Over 4 million dollars have already been spent by the BC government in a bid to bring the river back to life.

I oppose the reactivation of mining and ask that you, as BC’s Minister of Energy and Mines,  refuse to issue a work permit for the inactive Fandora Gold Mine in Clayoquot Sound’s Tranquil Inlet.

Today’s “stone” is Day 206  taking action, writing, sharing, caring

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