Wildlife Values Continue to Erode while Mine Approvals Move Forward

The BC Government continues to approve extensions and entertain new open pit coal mine proposals in the Elk River watershed, an integral part of the Southern Rockies wildlife corridor. Last week, Teck’s Baldy Ridge extension was approved, opening up new mining areas for Teck Coal’s Elk View operations. The Elk Valley provides core habitat for Rocky Mountain wildlife and is part of the critical connectivity corridor connecting the wild Flathead Valley to Banff-Jasper National Parks.

While this new mine extension is included in the modelling for the Elk Valley Water Quality Plan (EVWQP), a mandated plan to reduce selenium levels in the Elk River, it raises the question: how much more can this already stressed system support without compromising fish, wildlife and human health?

The existing mining operations in the Elk Valley are struggling to meet the targets set out in the EVWQP. Meanwhile, the Province continues to entertain an ever growing list of new mine proposals: Bingay, Crown Mountain, Loop Ridge, Tent Mountain, Michel Head, Crowsnest Pass Coal, the Elko Project and South Hazel. It's time for the BC Government to create a balanced land use plan that protects wildlife habitat. 

The present course of development puts wildlife at risk and threatens the globally significant Rocky Mountain wildlife corridor.

Tell Premier Christy Clark that we need a balanced land use plan for Canada's Southern Rockies that will ensure healthy wildlife populations into the future.

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  • If you look at animal population statistics elk have dropped a little. Only because of the wolf population. Did you know a wolf will kill on average a day about 5-10 x that buy 30 days. That’s effecting wiled life deer moose elk are on decline. If we look back at 1950s there were very poor animal population. Sins it has grown in a lot larger numbers. The replantation the reclamation after minning is wonderful for the animals. If any of you that live in the elk valley that drive buy elk view mine. Tell me we’re do we see the elk? Yes! On mine propert on elk view. Yes deer to. They are protected on mine property. The vegetation is plenty full. If it was not for that I will guarantee the population would not have grown to the size it is now. There is only so much vegation in the thick wilderness. In turn only so many animals. I’m safe to say the animal cordore is fine. As for fish yes they could do a little better on the filtering of water. And every year they improve. Sounds pretty balanced to me. I would think it’s fair to say. You say close the wilderness. Then don’t be hicking or bicking. You say close the bush. Stop the skiing an snow boarding. It’s not natural. So let’s really look at the bigger picture here. And under stand actually what’s happening.