Under Pressure from Tribes, Canadian Coal Mine to Undergo Federal Review

Under Pressure from Tribes, Canadian Coal Mine to Undergo Federal Review

News Type: State, Regional, Federal Source: Flathead Beacon
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acing pressure from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and other Montana stakeholders, Canadian environmental authorities have agreed to conduct a full-scale federal review of a proposed coal mine expansion along southeastern British Columbia’s Elk River, a tributary of the Kootenai River and Lake Koocanusa, the sprawling international waterway that has become a veritable settling pond for Canada’s industrial mining waste.

In agreeing to the review, the federal agency acknowledged that the proposed project “may cause adverse direct and cumulative effects to areas of federal jurisdiction, including to transboundary environments (in particular to fish and fish habitat, including water quality, species at risk, and Indigenous peoples).”

The Aug. 19 decision by Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinsoncenters on a proposal by B.C.’s Teck Resources, the province’s largest mining company, which is laying plans for a new coal mine expansion called the Castle Mountain Project.