Action Alert: Lakes across Canada being turned into mine dump sites!

June 18, 2008

Earlier yesterday I posted an Action Alert about a proposed radioactive waste dump in the Great Lakes. Then last night while watching The National on CBC, I saw the news that lakes across Canada face being turned into mine dump sites. “16 Canadian lakes are slated to be officially but quietly “reclassified” as toxic dump sites for mines. The lakes include prime wilderness fishing lakes from B.C. to Newfoundland.”

Can you believe this?? First our Great Lakes are being turned into dump sites for radioactive waste, then our smaller lakes across the country face being dumping sites for mines!

Have we Canadians become such apathetic sheeple that our governments figure we won’t care if they allow our precious water — our life blood, necessary for our survival and our land which grows the food to feed us — to be used as industrial waste dumps? All to profit themselves and their mining corporation lobbyist friends? In the words of Chad Griffiths, a local environmentalist who attended the Long Harbour meeting: “It’s a trend. It’s an open season on Canadian water”.

Canadians must NOT stay silent about the further poisoning of our dwindling fresh water!! People, wake up!!! Let the politicians know that this is unacceptable!!! What will it take to make you shout out your anger? What will it take to wake you up? Will you wait until there’s not a drop of drinkable water left or an acre of un-poisoned, arable land remaining? Will you wait until then???

Under the Fisheries Act, it’s illegal to put harmful substances into fish-bearing waters. But, under a little-known subsection known as Schedule Two of the mining effluent regulations, federal bureaucrats can redefine lakes as “tailings impoundment areas.”

That means mining companies don’t need to build containment ponds for toxic mine tailings.

CBC News visited two examples of Schedule Two lakes. In Newfoundland and Labrador, the Vale Inco company wants to use a prime destination for fishermen known as Sandy Pond to hold tailings from a nickel processing plant.

In northern B.C., Imperial Metals plans to enclose a remote watershed valley to hold tailings from a gold and copper mine. The valley lies in what the native Tahltan people call the “Sacred Headwaters” of three major salmon rivers. It also serves as spawning grounds for the rainbow trout of Kluela Lake, which is downstream from the dump site.

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I am angry beyond words…