Letter opposing wet tailings facilities in B.C.

Posted by Stop Ajax Mine on April 22nd, 2015 11:12am

Here is a request from Rivers Without Borders:

Rivers Without Borders is working with BC filmmaker Monty Bassett to obtain as many signatures as possible on a group letter to the BC government opposing wet tailings dams at new BC mines.

We want to send this to BC before the Red Chris interim permit runs out May 4th.  We have some information indicating that Imperial Metals may want its permanent permit before May 4 so that there are no interruptions to mine operations.  We will also be sending the final letter to media.  Thus time is short.  Please let me know by Friday April 24 if you can sign on. We’ll need name, organization and title as you want it printed on the letter. 

The main “ask” statement in the letter is as follows:

“We, the undersigned, strongly oppose further permitting of wet mine tailings storage facilities by the B.C. Ministries of Energy and Mines, and Environment, and support other alternatives for safer, cleaner mining such as dry stack tailings storage. Recognizing the international significance of intact and productive wild salmon ecosystems, which are dependent on both healthy rivers and terrestrial environments, we call upon the B. C. Ministry of Energy and Mines to deny further wet-tailings permits, such as the one under consideration for the Red Chris mine. We also urge an immediate shift to safer alternatives such as dry stack storage systems for other proposed mines in B.C., particularly those in the B.C.-Alaska transboundary watersheds.”

Please feel free to email me or call me at 360.341.1976 to sign on and/or if you have any questions.

Cheers, Terry

Ms. Terry Portillo

Finance and Outreach Director


ph: (360) 341-1976





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