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Objection to Grassy Mountain Coal Project

Reference Number
4958
Date Submitted
2021-01-15 5:59:21 PM
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I have grave concerns about the impact of this project on the waters of the Oldman Watershed. This mine will be located in the headwaters of this watershed. Approximately 267,000 residents live within and rely on these waters while these waters channel to those who live alongside and rely on the Saskatchewan River Basin. Selenium contamination, as reported in the Elk River Watershed, is prospect not worth facing. It has not been demonstrated that this risk can be successfully mitigated. Contamination of this water impacts the environment, people, and our agricultural industry.

The removal of water from this watershed is concerning, especially as there is a moratorium on new water licences in place, as is modification of the landscape which will impact surface flow. Water security is at risk.

Habitat loss and impact on vulnerable species and species at risk is another concern. As habitat to the Westslope Cutthroat Trout, this area should be protected. Modification of hydrology patterns and vegetation due to mining will have grave impacts on this species.

Finally, any assessment needs to thoroughly consider the influence of the unique weather in this area. High winds and rapidly fluctuating temperatures will have great influence on any risk mitigation and reclamation efforts. The Impact Assessment has not consider this adequately.

Submitted by
Shannan Little Little
Phase
N/A
Public Notice
N/A
Comment Tags
Weather Events / Flooding / Hazards Species at Risk Surface Water Quantity Surface Water Quality
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