I have just received and acted upon this email alert from the Wilderness Committee; I share it here with all who may also wish to have their voices heard:
Action Alert – Help Save Fish Lake
Since 2010, the Wilderness Committee has been part of the campaign to save Fish Lake (located west of Williams Lake, BC) from being ruined by a massive open-pit gold and copper mine being proposed by Taseko Mines. Taseko’s original proposal – called Prosperity Mine – was turned down by the federal government.
But the company reworked its plans and now a federal Environmental Assessment Panel is ready to review Taseko’s new mine proposal (again), which they have named the “New Prosperity Mine”.
The Tsilhqot’in Nation, who are the aboriginal owners of the territory, are strongly opposed to the New Prosperity Mine – and so are we.
One of our concerns is that important information requested by the Environmental Assessment Panel has not been provided by the mining company, despite several requests to do so. Some of the information requested has to do with the movement of water underground. There is concern that with the massive mine so close downstream from Fish Lake there is potential for the lake water to drain away into the mine. And, with the tailings impoundment held back by a huge dam just upstream from Fish Lake, there is concern that water from the tailings pond could migrate into Fish Lake. The Tsilhqot’in Nation are also frustrated by a lack of proper information from the mining company.
Sadly, despite the lack of requested information, on June 20th the Environmental Assessment Panel announced that the issue will go to a public hearing beginning July 22, 2013. It is very important that the Environmental Assessment Panel hears from you about your opposition to Taseko’s proposed New Prosperity Mine at Fish Lake. Please click here to use our letter-writing tool and write to them now!
Thank you for standing up for Fish Lake once again!
For the wild,
Joe Foy | National Campaign Director Wilderness Committee
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My letter follows:
New Prosperity Gold-Copper Mine Project Federal Review Panel Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency 160 Elgin St., 22nd Floor Ottawa, ON K1A 0H3
CC: BC Premier Christy Clark BC Leader of the Official Opposition Adrian Dix Federal Minister of Environment Peter Kent
RE: Save Fish Lake – Stop the New Prosperity Mine
I have serious concerns regarding the New Prosperity Mine.
First of all, the area is home to a population of grizzly bears that would be put at risk by the proposed mine.
Secondly, building a massive open-pit mine very close to Fish Lake and then storing the tailings behind a huge dam just upstream from Fish Lake is very risky.
Further, the Tsilhqot’in Nation are opposed to the proposed mine and have said so repeatedly.
I have a great respect for the betterment of our great nation, however, placing the health and welfare of all of the inhabitants of this region is quite simply put….WRONG. The environmental impact of this project is far too risky to allow it to go ahead.
The Tsilhqot’in Nation – whose territory encompasses Fish Lake, an extremely abundant trout lake located west of Williams Lake BC – are strongly opposed to the construction of the New Prosperity open-pit gold and copper mine, which Taseko Mines Ltd. is proposing to build right next to the lake.
Many groups and individuals support the Tsilhqot’in in their efforts to protect their territory from the proposed New Prosperity mine. The proposed mine is about to undergo a public hearing as part of the federal Environmental Assessment process.
I am personally opposed to the approval of this particular proposed mine and will never support a government that places monetary gain above the lives of all Canadians…and that most definitely includes the Tsilhqot’in Nation.
Thank you for taking the time to consider my concerns in this particular matter.