The Stikine River

Stikine-05_2015_(5).jpgCanada’s Galore Creek Mine jeopardizes Southeast Alaskan communities and regional economy, with no benefit to Alaska.

The construction and operation of the proposed Galore Creek Mine in British Columbia, at the headwaters of the Stikine River 37 miles from the Alaskan border, could jeopardize the health and well-being of our Southeast Alaskan communities and regional economy. 

Clean water and salmon fuel Southeast Alaska’s $2 billion/year fishing and tourism economy, sustain our communities, and are integral to cultural practices. As one of the world’s largest open-pit mines, the proposed Galore Creek Mine could permanently transform the upper Stikine and Iskut Rivers. The massive scale and untested mitigation measures of the Galore Creek Mine proposal put downstream water quality, salmon, and communities at risk, and would require water treatment for at least 250 years, if not forever, to protect the Stikine, although the mine plan does not include any water treatment.

The Galore Creek Mine would be built in an area known as the Sacred Headwaters by First Nations groups in Canada. It would have a significant impact on the Galore, More, Sphaler, and Scotsimpson Creeks, all tributaries to the Stikine. Thus far, the BC government has proven incapable of monitoring and enforcement over the mining industry. 

Let’s work together to protect the Stikine River and all who depend on it.

Take Action:

  1. Demand that the Galore Creek project undergo a revised environmental assessment process. The current assessment ended in 2007.  A lot has changed since then, including the catastrophic Mt. Polley tailings dam failure (which used the same tailings dam technology the Galore Creek project plans to use) and the findings of the Mt. Polley Independent Expert Review Panel, changes to BC’s and Canada's mining regulations, the ratification of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, and climate change. We have more knowledge about mine safety and updated technology – the Galore Creek project plan must be updated to keep impacted communities and ecosystems safe. 
    • Contact BC’s Manager of Policy and Legislation to request a revised environmental assessment process for the Galore Creek project:
      • Kate Haines, Manager of Policy and Legislation
        778-698-9351
        P.O. Box 9426 STN PROV GOVT
        VICTORIA, BC V8W9V1
        CANADA
  2. Contact local decision-makers to request their public opposition to this project
  3. Write a letter to the editor in your local paper (see our factsheet for talking points)
  4. Host an event and spread the word (download the Stikine and Galore Creek Mine factsheets)
  5. For assistance, please contact SEACC at info@seacc.org or (907) 586-6942

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