[ensu] Canadian Endangered River

  • From: "Matt Niedzielski" <mattniedzielski@xxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2003 11:20:46 -0500

Canada's 5th Most Endangered River -- Ontario's Groundhog -- threatened by mine 
wastewater
Wildcanada.net Action Alert - 140
Thursday November 6, 2003

Take Action

Ontario's Environmental Review Tribunal has denied all appeals of a Ministry of 
Environment approval for discharging mine effluent into the Groundhog River. 
This decision opens the door for mining company Falconbridge Ltd. to pump 
wastewater carrying heavy metals from the Montcalm mine site near Timmins into 
the Groundhog River just outside the boundaries of the newly established 
Groundhog River Provincial Park.  Wildcanada.net and Earthwild International, 
working with the Wildlands League, announced that the Groundhog River is 
Canada's 5th Most Endangered River in July of this year based on this threat. 
Send a message to Ontario's new Premier, the Honorable Dalton McGuinty asking 
for an immediate review of this decision by visiting 
http://www.endangeredrivers.net/groundhog. 

Background

Please take a moment to send a message to the new provincial government in 
Ontario stating that putting industrial demands ahead of protection of 
waterways and species is not acceptable.  Two independent scientific reviews of 
the proposal by Falconbridge Ltd. to dump the mine waste upstream of important 
lake sturgeon spawning beds in the Groundhog River have raised serious concerns 
about the potential toxic impacts of the project.

Please send a message to Premier Dalton McGuinty today asking him to 
immediately review the decision by his Ministry of the Environment to approve 
this project.  This is the Premier's chance to show that his government is 
committed to protecting water sources and water quality in Ontario!  

Take action today by visiting http://www.endangeredrivers.net/groundhog

For additional information, see www.wildlandsleague.org/groundhog.html

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