Craig Orr’s Letter to the Vancouver Sun: Environment must trump economy in Prosperity review

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Watershed Watch Executive Director, Craig Orr, comments on the Prosperity Mine environmental review in the letter to the editor of the Vancouver Sun Environment must trump economy in Prosperity review.

Orr traveled to Williams Lake this week to present at the hearings on this project.  In his letter he states, “Geochemists, fisheries biologists and other scientists pointed out likely impact after impact should the mine proceed. The audience, minus the mayor, heard extensive testimony predicting a host of probable impacts – to fish, aquatic communities, water quality, water circulation, grizzly bears and the overall physical, social and ecological health of the region. Scientists criticized inadequate industry plans to “mitigate” such impacts. One lake biologist predicted the death of Fish Lake within 10 years, should the mine proceed.”

He continues, “For sure, the promise of jobs will always make it easier to gloss over the environmental and social costs certain to be associated with such projects. But British Columbians deserve more from politicians. As a start, how about acknowledging human well-being also strongly depends on a healthy environment?”

 

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