The Raven, Spirit Bear, cultural cleansing, ceremonial rituals and the tale of the "one that got away", legends and folklore of mystery creatures that inhabit the waters of Fish lake, mother natures heals all wounds eventually, some scars heal in years, some in decades and larger assaults take eons to repair, mankind will be long gone and Fish lake will re-appear in one form or another.
but for the life of me I can`t explain how any Government body could endorse deliberate destruction of paradise, why would the BC Liberal Government support this action, maybe I`m naive, maybe I don`t understand the value of money, if I look in my wallet I don`t see any, the power of mining shareholders, the power to corrupt all legitimate processes, the power to pillage third world countries through influence, through stuffed envelopes, through threat of harm, but we aren`t a third world country, or are we?
Maybe I`m just a country bumpkin, I don`t consider myself a tree hugger, I can vision development at Teztan Biny(Fish lake)...Not a destructive 35 kilometer wide open pit mine that will eradicate life but several large fishing and hunting lodges, boat rentals, bear watching stands, First Nation shops selling sweaters and native arts, hiking trails, can you imagine tourists from Germany,from the Nordic countries, bird watchers and nature lovers from all corners of this shrinking planet congregating at Fish lake and surrounding areas spending their money, employing chefs, carpenters, guides, photographers, eateries and so so much more, with the Gulf Coast coated with oil, with the Amazon being clear cut, with country to country tensions and threats of terrorism places like Fish lake and Super Natural British Columbia in the future will be worth more than trinkets of gold and silver, why has no one thought of that for Fish lake?
Well, apparantly someone has, several years ago there was an application for a 35 acre(not 35 kilometer) lodge expansion at Fish lake, the company put their proposal to the BC environmental assessment agency, and they ?apparantly reviewed the project and deemed this area, this gorgeous productive animal and fish filled eden too sensitive to proceed, the lodge expansion was denied, clearly the BC environmental assessment agency did the job of protecting this vital area, this lake system is only a small but inter-connected part of a much larger Fraser river watershed.....
But that may be wrong, did the agency have other motives, were they directed to squash the lodge expansion for other less hounorable reasons, like perhaps political donations?....Because at the time of the lodge proposal Tesako mine and Teck Cominco donated over $500,000.00 dollars to the BC Liberal party, the conflict of interest is blinding my mind, it`s logical, if a lodge expansion was allowed, new trails, boating, guiding, tourists, nature loving people from far and wide spending money in the Caribou, if that had happened an open pit mine would never have been allowed to proceed, but that appears to this persuader to be exactly what took place, the denial of the lodge expansion was because the back room boys of the BC Liberals had open pit fever.
As you know the BC environmental assessment gave Tesako mine the two thumbs up to eradicate 35 kilometers of heaven, the Federal assessment said no way, they cited a myriad of problems that couldn`t be rectified at any cost, the Federal environmental assessment flatly rejected tesako mine for a hundred reasons, the biggest being devastation of the area and leaching problems into the Fraser river watershed.
And after reading up on this boondoggle, I found out that DFO and provincial and federal assessments of the past told the mineral right holders of this land that it would never happen, the open pit mine proposal was a no go, Federal Government after Federal government and decades of Provincial Governments flatly rejected open pit mining and lake destruction in this area for all the right reasons, but all that changed with Gordon Campbell and Stephen Harper....For now to destroy watersheds, to eradicate lakes, to destroy food sources, to alter a way of life for First Nations who own the land all one has to do is give large sums of money to the BC Liberal and Federal Conservative Governments......And that makes it a very sad day for B.C. and the world.......The mystery of Fish lake, the mystery of why a lodge expansion was rejected because of environmental concerns, yet shortly there after an open pit mine that will lay waste to the area got the 2 thumbs up, I think anyone with connected brain cells knows the answer, POLITICAL DONATIONS!
Super Natural British Columbia...........But for money donated to Gordon Campbell you can burn it to the ground.
The decision is sitting on Stephen Harpers desk, but with Harper changing the watershed act, it appears that the writing is on the wall.......
I hope you corrupt politicians rot in hell!
Let Stephen Harper know what you think...
The Straight Goods
Cheers-Eyes Wide Open
For more on this, a letter from the affected First Nations forwarded to me from Rafe mair
The company pumped $30,150 into BC liberal coffers over a 12 month period starting in late 2008 as the province geared up for an election and moved towards proceeding with an environmental assessment of the proposed mine.
Records also show that one of Taseko Mine Ltd directors, Richard Mundie, has powerful ties to the party, having signed off on $440,000 in donations to the party from Teck Cominco between 2005 and 2009 when he was an officer with that company.
This information comes a week after it was discovered that the BC government was previously so protective of the Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) area - listed as one of the top ten fishing lakes in the Province - that it refused to allow a relatively minor 35-acre Lodge expansion, yet was later persuaded to accept and advocate for Taseko's massive, destructive open-pit mine project.
New documents now show that the company and Province insisted on pressing ahead with the mine proposal despite being warned repeatedly - starting in 1995 - by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans that pursing the idea would be a waste of everyone's time, because neither the DFO nor the minister of environment could approve the loss of this rare and fish-rich lake.
"This money trail helps explain why a government that previously ruled even a small lodge expansion too environmentally unacceptable is now using public funds to champion a company that wants to create an open pit mine with a 35 sq. km footprint that would kill our lake, streams, fish, wildlife, and our rights, culture and way of life," said Yunesit'in Chief Ivor D. Meyers, Tsilhqot'in National Government.
Xeni Gwet'in Chief Marilyn Baptiste added: "We have always found it unfathomable that all the opposition to this mine over the years, culminating in the damning findings of the CEAA panel, has fallen on deaf ears with the BC government. Perhaps this shows that you have to pay big bucks to be heard."
Contribution data from Elections BC's website, along with links to the site's relevant pages, can be found at www.fnwarm.com. Copies of letters from the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans rejecting the proposed mine as far back as 1995 can also be found here.
The DFO letters show that the department - which has continued to object to the net losses that would still result from Taseko's plan to build a small fake lake reservoir to replace Teztan Biny - declared the project out of bounds 15 years ago.
The department warned the company and Province that destroying the top class lake and fishery and not properly replacing that unique habitat was something that neither DFO nor the environment minister could ever permit, and advised them not to pursue it further.
"These letters show that it is not the opponents of this project that have wasted taxpayers and company investors dollars," said Chief Baptiste.
"BC and Taseko were told 15 years ago to look for alternatives, and instead have spent the intervening time trying to circumvent the rules to kill our lake and lands - and they have had the nerve to publicly portray our First Nations and the many non aboriginals who have resisted their efforts as the unreasonable ones," said Tl'esqox Chief Francis Laceese, Tsilhqot'in National Government.
"It is now clearer than ever that, as DFO warned 15 years ago, the Minister of Environment has no choice but to reject this mine."
Chief Marilyn Baptiste, 250-394-7023 ext 202 / cell 250-267-1401
TNG Tribal Chair Chief Joe Alphonse, 250-394-4212 ext 229 / cell 250-305-8282