United Tribal Transboundary Mining Work Group ‘outraged,’ insulted by Red Chris opening (Juneau Empire)
The United Tribal Transboundary Working Group, a coalition of many of Southeast Alaska’s tribes, issued a press release earlier this week saying they were “outraged” by Imperial Metals, the owner of Mount Polley mine, opening the Red Chris in the Stikine River watershed just days after the Mount Polley review panel released a report calling for change in British Columbia’s tailings dams.
“The customs, traditions and way of life of Southeast Alaska’s first people exist in large part because of our waters. Large-scale mines upstream from our communities pose a threat that would change how we define ourselves and how we live our lives. The Mount Polley mine tailings dam breach last August in central British Columbia (B.C.) is a prime example of how our lives could be changed forever by mining disasters,” the group wrote.
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