Much has changed over the past few months. We’re all doing what we can to keep our families and our communities safe, even with so much fear and uncertainty. I hope you are finding time to recharge in the wild. Whether it’s an alpine basin, a quiet trail close to home or birdsong outside your … Continued
Author: Lars Sander-Green
Teck’s Castle coal mine expansion will take down a mountain in the BC Rockies over decades and will become Canada’s largest coal mine by production. But under Canada’s environmental assessment rules, the mine apparently doesn’t qualify for a federal environmental assessment because it’s too small! How can a massive coal mine with a well known … Continued
Teck’s proposed Castle mine, which will produce more coal than any other mine in the country, won’t have a federal environmental assessment—unless the people demand one.
In the Elk Valley, mountain-top removal coal mines dig up millions of tonnes of coal every year. When people ask questions about how these coal mines add to climate change, Teck is always quick to point out that the mines produce steelmaking coal, not the dirty kind of coal that’s burned to generate electricity. But … Continued
Just downstream of Teck’s 50-square-kilometre Fording River coal mine, cutthroat trout swim in heavily polluted waters. This isolated population of trout, federally listed as a species at risk, recently collapsed, with more than 90% of adult fish gone in just two years. Now, Teck has applied to expand the Fording River mine onto Castle Mountain, … Continued
Teck has proposed a massive 25-square-kilometre expansion of their Fording River coal mine in the upper Elk Valley. The provincial Environmental Assessment for this mountain-top removal coal mine, which would operate for decades, has begun. If approved, the Castle Mountain mine would destroy critical habitat for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, add significantly more selenium and … Continued
Everything has a breaking point. The trout population of the upper Fording River, who have long suffered toxic water pollution from Teck’s Elk Valley coal mines, not to mention destruction of their habitat, have finally reached their breaking point. Of the adult westslope cutthroat trout in this 60km stretch of river, 90% are gone in … Continued
Conditions for life are tough high on the alpine ridges and in the subalpine valleys of the Rocky Mountains, with bitter winter cold, dry summers, and strong winds all year. A few hardy species, adapted to the difficult conditions, are connected together in a delicate mountain ecosystem. One slow-growing tree, the whitebark pine, is a … Continued
Here in BC, it’s obvious that we care about our environment—and we like to think that our laws reflect how we feel. But when it comes to mining, the sad truth is that our laws to protect the environment and our communities are outdated, weak or sometimes just not enforced. There’s a saying that BC … Continued
Teck Coal had a plan to deal with Elk Valley water pollution problems, but the plan hasn’t worked. Is BC going to let Teck delay for years or will they finally stand up and enforce permits that limit water pollution? Without real changes to mining practices, the future is bleak for fish and rivers.