Write Wild - Say NO to mining in Clayoquot Sound!

Please write a short letter to BC's Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, and ask that he respect First Nations concerns and reverse his Ministry’s decision to issue a permit for exploratory mining work at the Fandora site in the Tranquil Valley.

Some key points to consider:

  • The work permit that was issued is for the inactive Fandora Mine Site, which is in Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation territory, in the Tranquil Valley in Clayoquot Sound. The Tla-o-qui-aht have declared the valley a Tribal Park and are working to create more environmentally sound economic activities in the area.
  • Clayoquot Sound is a United Nations Biosphere Reserve and should be subject to high environmental protection standards.
  • The Tla-o-qui-aht oppose the Fandora Mine work permit being issued because they are concerned about potential environmental damage.
  • The Tla-o-qui-aht have been waiting for months for a response to a request to meet Minister Bennett – the Minister should meet with the Tla-o-qui-aht and hear their views on how damaging this mine project would be to their territory.
  • Other mines on Vancouver Island have resulted in severe damage to the environment, especially to fisheries. A mine near the Tsolum River, for example, only operated for three years yet resulted in 40 years of pollution that almost eliminated the Tsolum's salmon runs. The BC government has already spent over $4 million in a bid to bring the river back to life.
  • In Clayoquot Sound, priority should be given to supporting sustainable activities like fisheries and tourism, rather than risky, short-term mining projects.

 

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