Say No to Bingay Coal Mine!
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The proposed Bingay Coal Mine will be 21 km north of Elkford and within the Elk Valley of British Columbia. Selenium levels are 100 to 200 times higher downstream from mountain coal mines. “Clint Muhlfeld,” an aquatic ecologist at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Glacier National Park field office, said “There are several indicators that the Elk River is nearing or has already exceeded a critical tipping point. Selenium is a ticking time bomb, and its effects are being realized all the way down the transboundary river system and into Lake Koocanusa,” Muhlfeld told the Flathead Beacon.
Bingay will bring imminent harm to the animals dependent on this vital, wildlife corridor such as Badgers, Big Horn Sheep, Cougars, Coyotes, Grey Wolves, Grizzly & Black Bears, Lynx, Squirrels, plus (58 confirmed) Birds species that breed within these boundaries. Within these locations are Old Growth Forests, important Wetlands and a number of creeks, streams, rivers and lakes with spawning Fish, Amphibians and Reptiles that will ultimately suffer irreparable damage by Bingay coal mine.
At completion, Bingay Coal Mine will be more than a square kilometre in area, and up to 500 metres deep. Before operations begin there must be new road construction plus building railways to transport its coal out of the Elk Valley. There will be constant devastation, noises and chaos to the forests disrupting and deafening every little thing that lives there. Ultimately it will be just another DEAD ZONE. Say NO to Bingay Coal Mine and share, share, share!
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