General · 19th September 2010
Quinsam Coal has applied to the Province to amend their Permit C-172 to put in a new mine called 7 South. The coal to be mined at this site is dirtier coal than previously mined in the Quinsam Watershed, containing more heavy metals, including Arsenic. Three studies have determined that Long Lake in the Quinsam Watershed is contaminated now from mining operations. The last study by Dr. Cullen found the Arsenic in the sediment in Long Lake at 628ppm where the safe quality guideline is 17ppm. The Minister of Mines has determined that this new mine will be an expansion needing no environmental assessment even though there is a probability the contamination now and the future contamination from the dirtier coal will impact the fish and hatchery in the Quinsam and Campbell Rivers.
A coalition of five local groups consisting of CREC, Greenways Land Trust, Haig-Brown Institute and the C.R. Estuary Protection Group will be a delegate at the Council Meeting of September 21 to ask Mayor and Council to request the Minister the Environment Barry Penner to designate Hillsborough Resources Limited's application to amend Mine Permit C-172 as requiring a formal Provincial Assessment.
We feel given what there is to lose, an environmental assessment is a reasonable request.
I am writing to ask for your attendance at the September 21st Council Meeting starting at 7:30pm to show support for our request.
– C.R. Estuary Protection Group