FYI, here is a great blog piece today on National Geographic re: Aleutian Sanctuary nomination, by one of our co-nominators, Mark Spalding, head of The Ocean Foundation.
Thanks again to all of you for joining our nomination today re: the Aleutians.
FYI, here is the press release from PEER this AM:
Feel free to announce this in whatever way you wish, and take credit, etc....let the conversation begin!
A tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., last summer released 10 billion litres of water and 4.5 million cubic metres of metals-laden sand, contaminating lakes, creeks and rivers in the region. Alaskan conservation and aboriginal groups cite the accident as an example of the dangers posed by mining in northern B.C. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)
Folks following both the Donlin gold mine issue and the road to Ambler issue may be interested in this study about the far-reaching impacts of mining on fish habitat:
Thank you for participating in today’s virtual Stakeholder Outreach Forum on the proposed program for the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council. We truly welcomed the opportunity to engage with you, found your thoughts and comments extremely valuable, and look forward to continuing the discussion virtually and in-person as opportunities arise.
Please find attached a PDF document containing the slides used by Senior Arctic Official Julie Gourley during her presentation.
Check out EPA's latest blog post, The Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination: An International Human Right, by Danny Gogal of EPA's Office of Environmental Justice. As EPA's lead for international human rights agreements, Danny explains his perspective on how Environment Justice is beginning to be recognized as a human rights issue at home and abroad. "This work is proving to be a viable avenue for raising awareness and harnessing interest in environmental justice, both domestically and internationally."
Northern Secwepemc First Nations Adopt Innovative Mining Policy
This morning, the Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw Leadership Council (comprised of the Xat'sull, T'exelc, Tsq'escen' and Stswecem'c/Xgat'tem First Nations, near the city of Williams Lake, BC) announced that they are adopting their own mining policy developed with Fair Mining Collaborative.
Identify and gather information on water quality threatened by industrial and non-point source pollutants; Conduct site visits, when travel funding is available, to assess conditions of the resource(s) in the project area(s); Prioritize projects according to severity of impacts and public process underway during 2008; Monitor projects, participate in public comment periods, administrative processes, assess decisions, file administrative appeals, participate in settlement discussions and, if necessary, file litigation.