Right now, billion dollar global giants like Teck Resources are relentlessly extracting coal and contaminating river systems with toxic selenium pollution while our government turns a blind eye.
The Elk Valley, located in the heart of BC’s southern Rocky Mountains in Ktunaxa Territory, is home to world class wildlife habitat, fishing and profound natural landscapes. But drinking water, wildlife and communities on both sides of the Canada-US border are under serious threat today from existing coal mines and proposed new mines and mine expansions.
Communities should not have to deal with impacts like black rain from coal dust falling across neighborhoods and polluted drinking water. Selenium pollution from mining is also causing birth defects in birds like American dippers and deformities in westslope cutthroat trout, a popular species for local fishing listed under the Species at Risk Act due to its declining stocks.
So why is the BC government giving coal giants a free pass to pollute some of the most stunning rivers in the world? Letting Teck violate permits and contaminate water while our government entertains proposals to expand coal mining is unacceptable.
Enough is enough.
Please tell the BC government you expect no coal mining expansion in the Elk Valley until pollution is brought under control.