I got this email action alert from the Wilderness Committee to share:
This is an urgent request. Please write now to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency about your opposition to Taseko Mining company’s proposed “New Prosperity” open pit copper mine, which threatens the Fish lake watershed located on the Chilcotin Plateau, west of Williams Lake.
As you know, the Wilderness Committee has been working very hard to protect Fish Lake from this proposed mine for several years. To read our latest report on Fish Lake, click here.
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has just asked for public comments regarding their plans to hold hearings on the proposed mine – and we want to give them an earful!
Here are some of our concerns about the hearings:
- We believe that the environmental risk that the proposed New Prosperity Mine poses is just too great to let the mine proceed.
- We want the mining company to clearly describe the risk and consequences to the salmon fishery of a tailings dam failure brought on by an earthquake. We want the company to state what the earthquake risk is in the area of the proposed mine.
- We want the company to state how high their tailings pond dams would be. One researcher estimates that the proposed impoundment dams could be as high as a Vancouver office tower!
- We want the hearings to be conducted in the Tsilhqot’in language, as well as in English. The proposed New Prosperity mine site is right next to Fish Lake in the heart of Tsilhqot’in Nation territory.
- We want the hearings to be held primarily in the Tsilhqot’in communities nearest the proposed mine site – such as Nemaiah – not in Williams Lake as is being currently proposed.
This is an important opportunity to get your opposition to this project on the public record. It’s also a chance to show our friends the Tsilhqot’in that we care about Fish Lake and that we’re standing with them in the fight against this destructive project. Please visit the letter-writing tool on our website to submit your comments today!
Thank you for speaking up for wilderness,
Joe Foy | National Campaign Director
Thank you for supporting wilderness.
The Wilderness Committee is Canada’s largest membership-based, citizen-funded wilderness preservation organization. We work for the preservation of Canadian and international wilderness through research and grassroots education. The Wilderness Committee works on the ground to achieve ecologically sustainable communities. We work only through lawful means.”
Today’s “stone” is Day 265 another call to action, on my way, poised to write