The Elk Valley, British Columbia, is in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. It hosts stunning views of rugged mountains and scenic rivers. It is also home to 80 percent of Canada’s annual metallurgical coal exports, extracted from Teck Resources Limited’s four-open pit metallurgical coal mines. Metallurgical coal is used to make steel. These mines … Continued
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Wildsight News : Mining
From Appalachia to India, research has uncovered the potential harms open-pit coal mining has on the environment and human health. In this second instalment of our series, ‘The True Cost of Coal’, we take a look at the impacts of coal mining to human health.
Why is the involvement of the International Joint Commission (IJC) needed in the Elk Valley? Coal mining has occurred in the Elk Valley for over 100 years. Recently, coal production has drastically increased while water quality has decreased throughout Kootenay/Kootenai Watershed. Selenium concentrations continue to reach record highs, threatening the environment and communities that call … Continued
K̓ukamaʔnam/Kimberley – “We are deeply concerned that Global Affairs Canada has unilaterally decided to walk away from discussions to engage the International Joint Commission (IJC) in the transboundary Kootenay River system. The Ktunaxa Nation has been calling for a reference to the IJC since 2012. Since then, we have seen the situation on the ground … Continued
To kick off B.C.’s Mining Month, we’re releasing a five-part series focused on the hidden impacts of coal mining in the Elk Valley. The first instalment of the series presents an overview of coal mining in British Columbia and highlights the Elk Valley as a case study of Canada’s largest silent unfolding contamination crisis.
From the Elk Valley to Tumbler Ridge, the economic boom of coal has brought money and jobs into rural communities across the province for over a century, but as industry continues to make record profits, wastewater is wreaking havoc on aquatic ecosystems and drinking water sources. Coal mining is polluting our water. Canada recently released … Continued
Coal mines in the BC Rockies send toxic selenium pollution downstream that puts fish in danger, not just in BC, but in Lake Koocanusa and the Kootenai River for hundreds of kilometres through Montana and Idaho — and back into BC. With no long-term solution in sight, Teck has proposed Castle, yet another massive mountain-top … Continued
“We are hopeful that the Commissioner of the Environment will undertake an audit of Canada’s remarkable failure to adequately regulate coal mine pollution in the Elk Valley over the last twenty years. This regulatory failure has directly contributed to one of the most serious and permanent environmental disasters in Canadian history, and one of the … Continued
Coal mines in the BC Rockies send toxic selenium pollution downstream that puts fish in danger, not just in BC, but in Lake Koocanusa and the Kootenai River for hundreds of kilometres through Montana and Idaho — and back into BC.
At times most of us have felt that we are nothing but a voice in the wilderness. We speak out to industry or government and little seems to change. A letter is written with no reply nor result and we question whether it is worth it. It is worth it; when we speak out, change … Continued