YES, I call on the B.C. government to reject drilling permits for Imperial Metals in the Skagit River headwaters.
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Imperial Metals still hasn’t faced any charges or fines after the Mount Polley mine dam collapse. Five years later, the company pipes its mine waste straight into Quesnel Lake.
Now Imperial wants a new permit to drill for gold next to Manning Park and Skagit Provincial Park.
Imperial wants to build a mine high in the headwaters of the Skagit River. Never mind the grizzly bears, the owls, the salmon – and everybody downstream.
Controlled by billionaire shareholder Murray Edwards, Imperial is a major political donor accustomed to getting its way in B.C. Even after the largest tailings dam failure in North American history, the company never faced charges or paid a penny in fines.
This new proposal adds insult to injury. Manning Park is a recreation area treasured by British Columbians – and a crucial wildlife corridor for the whole Cascade mountain ecosystem. The government is expected to make a decision on the permit soon.
Sign our petition and tell the B.C. government: no Mount Polley in the Skagit River headwaters!