The British Columbia government has said it’s committed to cleanup efforts, but in recent years the process has been held up in court.
The paper’s authors say their analysis points to a need for more comprehensive risk consideration for mines to protect salmon watersheds throughout the Northwest.
She also plans to keep pushing for a ban on tailings dams that hold back mine waste along cross-border rivers.
Wrangell’s assembly has unanimously called on Canadian regulators to immediately pause permitting, development and expansion of mines upstream from Southeast Alaska’s waterways. It’s also asking the provincial government of British Columbia to permanently ban the practice of storing liquid mine waste behind earthen dams.
The resolution asks for a pause on permitting for new mine projects until there’s an agreement between the U.S. and Canada on protecting rivers from mining pollution.
Officials from both Alaska and Canada presented findings from a joint water monitoring study on three transboundary rivers.
Southeast Alaska tribes, fishermen and others say that the Canadian mining sector enjoys economic benefits while those downstream bear the ecological risks.
The mine’s environmental assessment predates the Mount Polley disaster. If the extension is granted, the assessment would be 12 years old by the time the developer got started.
The massive tailings dam at the Mount Polley Mine in British Columbia failed six years ago this week. An effort to create global industry standards for mine waste has emerged since then, but there are concerns that the new standards don’t go far enough to protect communities downstream. The Global Tailings Review effort launched more than…
American Rivers, a national advocacy group opposed to mining and energy development in wilderness areas, says the two Southeast Alaska rivers are “at a crossroads.”