Prosperity would impact the environment

Michael Atwood, in his letter to the editor, criticizes the proposed New Prosperity mine.

Editor:

 

The recent letter by Brian Battison reiterates the main bargaining point for supporters of the New Prosperity mine: employment and a boost for the economy of Williams Lake.

This lure of economic benefits is enough to bring the business association and local council on side. Battison refers to the “economic impact” of this project. An interesting choice of words.

The impact this mine could have upon the land, lakes, watersheds, fish, wildlife and the Taseko River would be unbelievable. This beautiful area would never be the same. A project of this magnitude would have a cumulative effect far too great to allow this project to proceed.

This would be the second largest open pit mine in Canada. The gold is a very low concentration. A huge volume of earth would be excavated, moved, processed, then transported as concentrate to the Gibraltar loading facility at McAllister. The greenhouse gas emissions would be extreme.

Taseko Mines has never put forward a truly alternative proposal. It was not “economically feasible” for it to do so. It could have proposed angled drilling, leaving the waterways intact, and taken its ore south.

Opponents of the mine believe the lakes and waterways will be severely affected, possibly destroyed. A 400-foot “containment dam” may not hold up.

The Shuswap bands are unanimously opposed to the transmission line that would go through their lands. The Tsilhqot’in people of Nemiah Valley spent 17 years in provincial court to establish their aboriginal rights to the land and resources in the area that includes Fish Lake. They won their case.

Taseko Mines does not have a good working relationship with the Tsilhqot’in people. It would exploit their lands to extract the precious metals, imposing its will upon the First Nations people. This has not worked well in the past.

 

Michael Atwood

Williams Lake

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

100 Mile Conservation Officer Joel Kline and YEP student Jill Matlock found themselves wrangling four horses on Highway 97 on Feb. 17. The horses were travelling at a steady trot up the highway after escaping their corral. (Jill Matlock photo - submitted).
Conservation officers wrangle horses on Highway 97

Jill Matlock never expected to be herding four horses in a truck.

Island Health chief medical officer Dr. Richard Stanwick receives a first dose of Pfizer vaccine, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
COVID-19: B.C. seniors aged 90+ can start to sign up for vaccination on March 8

Long-term care residents protected by shots already given

Williams Lake RCMP are investigating after suspects assaulted two employees at a convenience store and fled with cash and merchandise. (Black Press file photo)
Williams Lake RCMP investigating robbery at local convenience store

The robbery occurred Saturday evening, Feb. 27

?Esdilagh First Nation health department staff were thrilled to rollout out the community’s first COVID-19 vaccines Friday, Feb. 26. L-R: registered nurse Sam Riczu, elder worker Marie Conway, wellness coordinator Linda Siwalace, community health representative Sharon Palmantier and youth coordinator Dakotah Casey. (photo submitted)
?Esdilagh First Nation receives first COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccination clinic held Feb. 26 for high-risk elders

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Highway 97 two-vehicle crash near 150 Mile House claims one life

The collision closed the highway at 150 Mile House

Langley resident Carrie MacKay shared a video showing how stairs are a challenge after spending weeks in hospital battling COVID-19 (Special to Langley Advance Times)
VIDEO: Stairs a challenge for B.C. woman who chronicled COVID-19 battle

‘I can now walk for six (to) 10 minutes a day’

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Vernon’s Noric House long-term care facility’s COVID-10 outbreak has been declared over by Interior Health. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
COVID outbreak at Vernon’s Noric House declared over

10 deaths were linked to the outbreak at long-term care facility

B.C. Attorney General David Eby speaks in the legislature, Dec. 7, 2020. Eby was given responsibility for housing after the October 2020 provincial election. (Hansard TV)
B.C. extends COVID-19 rent freeze again, to the end of 2021

‘Renoviction’ rules tightened, rent capped to inflation in 2022

Face mask hangs from a rear-view mirror. (Black Press image)
B.C. CDC unveils guide on how to carpool during the pandemic

Wearing masks, keeping windows open key to slowing the spread of COVID-19

Churches, including Langley’s Riverside Calvary Church, are challenging the regulations barring them from holding in-person worship services during COVID-19. (Langley Advance Times file)
Det. Sgt. Jim Callender. (Hamilton Police Service screenshot)
B.C. man dead, woman seriously injured after shooting in Hamilton, Ont.

The man was in the process of moving to the greater Toronto area, police say

(Black Press file photo)
Child in critical condition, homicide investigators probe incident near Agassiz

The child was transported to hospital but is not expected to survive

Most Read