HD The Banks Island Mine disaster is one of many examples for why it's time to reform B.C.’s environmental assessment process.
In 2015, the Gitxaala Nation criticized the regulatory regime that failed to require an environmental assessment for a gold mine that fell slightly short of the assessment threshold. The unexamined mine went on to seriously pollute Banks Island water bodies with toxic metals. This was followed by a stop work order, charges against the mine, and the company filing for bankruptcy. «They basically made this mining outfit just big enough so that it didn’t require a full [environmental assessment]…They have contaminated one of the most important food gathering area within Gitxaala's traditional territory.» — Gitxaala Chief Clarence Innis (Above text via: It is past time for reform of BC’s Environmental Assessment Act, a law that was severely weakened in 2002. ACT NOW: www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/natural-resource-stewardship/environmental-assessments/environmental-assessment-revitalization/public-engagementThe government is asking for your views on what the future of environmental assessment in BC should look like. The engagement period lasts until July 30, 2018. It is time for us to demand better before it’s too late.LEARN MORE: pacificwild.org/news-and-resources/related-news/have-your-say-on-the-future-of-environmental-assessment-in-bcFootage by Ian McAllister and Tavish Campbell. Film edit by Lindsay Marie Stewart. Music by Tony Anderson, the musicbed.com.