By Letter to the Editor on February 19, 2020.
Re the Teck Frontier open pit mine development proposal.
Projects of this magnitude these days require a clear plan that is enforceable and that meets the required environmental objectives which include meeting climate change objectives, a plan for no loss of ecosystem values such as wildlife, ground water stability, and several other ecosystem values too numerous to mention. We now have scientific information that clearly shows that a necessary change in the energy sector is required if we are going to avoid negative catastrophic events in this habitat of ours. These changes include a gradual transfer to alternative energy sources, and improved technology for cleaner emissions.
We can no longer afford to make climate change and other environmental changes a political football. It is apparent through differences of opinion between provinces and the federal government, that there is a poor understanding of what is required to look after this planet of ours and how we need to find solutions within timelines. We cannot continue to ignore the extreme negative effects of some developments. Time and time again, projects are approved, regardless of the negative impact they have on the environment, because these projects provide jobs. We now must look at the bigger picture and consider transition to alternative energy sources, alternate job training and other measures.
As political representatives of the people it is my hope that you, the politicians, will do your utmost to block this Teck mine development as a beginning towards co-operative action needed to meet climate change goals and other environmental concerns. I would also hope that you would become part of a strategy to work with the oil and gas sector in continued research towards reducing emissions; to work towards application of alternative energy sources; and to support job training strategies.