Current B.C. and Canadian environmental assessment and permitting allows for mines to be developed in the B.C. headwaters of rivers flowing across the international border and into the United States without:
(1) the consent of indigenous communities in B.C. and the U.S., as well as private property owners;
(2) an analysis of historical impacts from such mines;
(3) the independent collection of at least 3-5 years of baseline/reference condition water quality and fish and wildlife population data;
(4) an independent, comprehensive evaluation of downstream impacts;
(5) a demonstration of technology to mitigate impacts that satisfies both the U.S. and Canada that shared resources won’t be harmed;
(6) the establishment of an independent, fully funded, and perpetual independent monitoring system;
(7) the establishment of a robust financial assurances regime that covers all mining impacts as well as the establishment of an arbitration process for settling claims.
SALMON BEYOND BORDERS is a campaign driven by sport and commercial fishermen, community leaders, tourism and recreation business owners and concerned citizens, in collaboration with Tribes and First Nations, united across the Alaska/British Columbia border to defend and sustain our transboundary rivers, jobs and way of life.
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