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Hume On Mining and Conflict in NW BC

Mark Hume has written a substantial article in the Globe and Mail outlining the history of resource development in northwestern BC (or here via Native News North). The article comes on the heels of the Union of BC Municipalities publicly opposing coal bed gas drilling and coal mining in the Klappan (Sacred Headwaters). It is timed nicely too with new support from Premier Gordon Campbell for a powerline up Highway 37. That line would connect the area to the BC Hydro grid and make power available for up to eight mines.

Hume details the positions of the Tahltan people clearly. He notes carefully the range of opinions about development in the aboriginal communities. He adds useful details about the positions of new Tahltan political leadership who are developing a decision-making process before committing to or rejecting development projects. And, the article contains extensive quotations from representatives of the mineral companies. Notably, they express little frustration at the protests over development in recent years.

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