Thursday, September 5, 2013

Despite Provincial Protections Coal Mine Proposed in Sacred Headwaters

Just a few short months after the province of British Columbia announced a landmark ban on oil and gas drilling in the Sacred Headwaters of the Skeena, Nass and Stikine, the province is considering a proposal from Fortune Minerals to build a massive coal mine in the region. The proposal has been adamantly opposed by the Tahltan First Nation, whose traditional territory falls within the Sacred Headwaters region. The Skeena, Nass and Stikine are among the greatest salmon bearing watersheds remaining on earth and this is just the latest in an ongoing saga in which resource extraction companies have sought to exploit the sparsely populated region, often with the support of the provincial and federal governments. Fortunately First Nations in BC have not hesitated to stand up to government and industry, otherwise these environmentally devastating projects would be proceeding at breakneck speed.

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