I, and a number of other interested Montanans, have been following the proposals for a large number of mines in the British Columbia portions of the Taku, Stikine and Unuk River watersheds.

We in Montana have had decades of experience with BC mines and their polluting effects on our shared, transboundary rivers — not to mention their polluting effects on BC’s own resources.

Our direct experience with pollution of Montana waters and contaminated fish comes of being downriver from a string of coalmines in the Elk River drainage of BC.

And as for BC polluting their own resources, and what one might expect from the proposed mines in the shared watersheds between Alaska and BC, one need look no further than the catastrophic mine tailings failure at the Mount Polley mine in BC just this past year, one of the worst mining disasters in the history of the world.

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