For the love of money…
It seems that every news story we see these days about global warming mentions Glacier National Park’s receding glaciers. Concerned, well-meaning people want to do something to halt this process, which may or may not be a natural phenomenon. Personally, I don’t have a fixed opinion on this yet because I believe we just don’t know if this is a manmade problem or a natural, cyclic occurrence. Also, it could be argued that there isn’t much we can do to change the weather, but melting Glaciers is not what I’m writing about in this post. Today I’d like to make you aware of a potentially serious environmental threat that we can control… if we choose to do so.
In Canada, a company named Cline Mining Corporation wants to begin a 20 year coal mining operation 22 miles north of Glacier National Park. This area is part of the Flathead River drainage in British Columbia, which means that all runoff from this operation will flow down the North Fork river into Flathead Lake. How cool is that?
In case you didn’t know, coal mining produces pollutants like toxic heavy metals, and such an industrial operation will have no beneficial impact on the already threatened grizzly bear population.
So, let’s make sure I have this right… in the interest of one company’s bottom line, we can potentially destroy the grizzly bear population of this area, the fish ecosystem of the Flathead river and possibly destroy one of America’s last pristine lakes, Flathead Lake. How does that sound to you?
I’m not a political or environmental activist and I don’t see the mission of this blog to involve itself in such public debate, but people P-L-E-A-S-E, can we just once do the right thing? A mountaintop strip mine that will produce toxic runoff is just a bad idea. Period.
You can learn more about this proposed mining operation at http://www.eao.gov.bc.ca/. If anyone asks you. . . .
Just Say NO!